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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: don't compile vsmp_64 for 32bit
Ravikiran G Thirumalai wrote:
> On Sat, Feb 28, 2009 at 10:44:30AM +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>> * Ravikiran G Thirumalai <> wrote:
>>> True, but by how much? 212 bytes, out of 7285943 bytes which
>>> is very very small percentage wise.
>> How does this eliminate the validity of the patch?
> It costs 212 bytes to leave is_vsmp_box() to not just be a dummy no-op.
> Having is_vsmp_box() detect if the hardware is indeed vSMP, is meaningful even when
> CONFIG_VSMP is not turned on. This is because is_vsmp_box() is used to
> tell the kernel, that although the cpus being used are supposed to have TSCs
> in sync, they are not really in sync. This is because
> you cannot ensure TSCs won't drift between multiple boards being aggregated
> on vSMP systems. Take the case of distro kernels. Distro kernels typically do
> not have CONFIG_X86_VSMP on. Due to the large internode cacheline
> setting, CONFIG_VSMP would not be on on the generic distro installer kernels.
> If is_vsmp_box() is a no-op, the generic distro installer kernels will
> assume TSCs to be synched, which is bad. Hence, it will be nice if, for
> the cost of 212 bytes, vsmp64.o be compiled either unconditionally, OR
> conditionally for 64bit architectures only. The question is, is 212 bytes out
> of 7285943 bytes too expensive for the generic kernels? I hope not.

we may need to revisit apic_is_clustered_box()

* apic_is_clustered_box() -- Check if we can expect good TSC
* Thus far, the major user of this is IBM's Summit2 series:
* Clustered boxes may have unsynced TSC problems if they are
* multi-chassis. Use available data to take a good guess.
* If in doubt, go HPET.
__cpuinit int apic_is_clustered_box(void)


* If clusters > 2, then should be multi-chassis.
* May have to revisit this when multi-core + hyperthreaded CPUs come
* out, but AFAIK this will work even for them.

with intel new cpus with 8 cores and HT enabled, even 2 sockets system will get 3 (?) so called "apic cluster"

we really need to use dmi etc way to detect multi-chassis system from now on


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