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SubjectRe: [PATCH 15/15] x86: Fix cpu_coregroup_mask to return correct cpumask on multi-node processors
On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 08:21:54PM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>
> * Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
>
> > On Thu, 2009-08-20 at 15:46 +0200, Andreas Herrmann wrote:
> > > The correct mask that describes core-siblings of an processor
> > > is topology_core_cpumask. See topology adapation patches, especially
> > > http://marc.info/?l=linux-kernel&m=124964999608179
> >
> > argh, violence, murder kill.. this is the worst possible hack and
> > you're extending it :/
>
> I think most of the trouble here comes from having inconsistent
> names, a rather static structure for sched-domains setup and then we
> are confusing things back and forth.
>
> Right now we have thread/sibling, core, CPU/socket and node, with
> many data structures around these hardcoded. Certain scheduler
> features only operate on the hardcoded fields.
>
> Now Magny-Cours adds a socket internal node construct to the whole
> thing, names it randomly and basically breaks the semi-static
> representation.
>
> We cannot just flip around our static names and hope it goes well
> and everything just drops into place. Everything just falls apart
> really instead.
>
> Instead we should have an arch-defined tree and a CPU architecture
> dependent ASCII name associated with each level - but not hardcoded
> into the scheduler.

I admit that it's strange to have the x86 specific SCHED_SMT/MC
snippets in common code.

And the NUMA/SD_NODE stuff is not used by all architectures either.

Having an arch-defined tree seems the right thing to do.

> Plus we should have independent scheduler domains feature flags that
> can be turned on/off in various levels of that tree, depending on
> the cache and interconnect properties of the hardware - without
> having to worry about what the ASCII name says. Those features
> should be capable to work not just on the lowest level of the tree,
> but on higher levels too, regardless whether that level is called a
> 'core', a 'socket' or an 'internal node' on the ASCII level really.
>
> This is why i insisted on handling the Magny-Cours topology
> discovery and enumeration patches together with the scheduler
> patches. It can easily become a mess if extended.

I don't buy this argument.

The main source of information when building sched-domains will be the
CPU topology. That must be provided somehow independent of how
scheduling domains are created. When the domains are built you just
need to know which cpumask to use when the sched_groups and domain's
span are determined.

Thus I think the topology detection is rather self-contained and
can/should be provided independent of how the scheduler side is going
to be implemented.

> Ingo


Regards,
Andreas

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