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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/4] timers: framework for migration between CPU
On Mon, Feb 23, 2009 at 12:07:25PM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>
> * Vaidyanathan Srinivasan <svaidy@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> > * Identify set of idle CPUs (CPU package) from which timers
> > can be removed
> > * Identify a semi-idle or idle CPU package to which the timers
> > can be moved
> > * Decide when to start moving timers as the system has large
> > number of idle CPUs
> > * Decide when to stop migrating as system becomes less idle
> > and utilisation increases
> >
> > Guiding all of the above decisions from user space may not be
> > fast enough.
>
> Exactly.

That is true for power management. However there are other
situations where we may need targeted avoidance of timers.
Certain type of applications - HPC for example - prefer avoidance
of jitters due to periodic timers. It would be good to be
able to say "avoid these CPUs for timers" while they are being
used for HPC tasks.

Thanks
Dipankar


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