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SubjectRe: [RFC patch] Use IPI_shortcut for lapic timer broadcast
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On Mon, Jun 29, 2009 at 3:20 PM, Ingo Molnar<mingo@elte.hu> wrote:
>
> * Luming Yu <luming.yu@gmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Hello,
>>
>> We need to use IPI shortcut to send lapic timer broadcast
>> to avoid the latency of sending IPI one bye one on systems with many
>> logical processors when NO_HZ is disabled.
>> Without this patch,I have seen upstream kernel with RHEL 5 kernel
>> config boot hang .
>
> hm, that might be a valid optimization - but why does the lack of
> this optimization result in a hang?

It is hang caused by kernel code for work around lapic-timer-stop issue.
With HZ=1000, and a lot of cpus (eg. 64 logical cpus), cpu 0 will be
busy working on send TIMER IPI instead of making progress in boot
(right after deep-C-state has been used).




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>        Ingo
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