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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 0/3] cpu: pseries: Cpu offline states framework
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On Wed, 2009-09-16 at 20:58 +0530, Dipankar Sarma wrote:
> On Tue, Sep 15, 2009 at 02:11:41PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Tue, 2009-09-15 at 17:36 +0530, Gautham R Shenoy wrote:
> > > This patchset contains the offline state driver implemented for
> > > pSeries. For pSeries, we define three available_hotplug_states. They are:
> > >
> > > online: The processor is online.
> > >
> > > offline: This is the the default behaviour when the cpu is offlined
> > >
> > > inactive: This cedes the vCPU to the hypervisor with a cede latency
> > >
> > > Any feedback on the patchset will be immensely valuable.
> >
> > I still think its a layering violation... its the hypervisor manager
> > that should be bothered in what state an off-lined cpu is in.
>
> The problem is that all hypervisor managers cannot figure out what sort
> of latency guest OS can tolerate under the situation. They wouldn't know
> from what context guest OS has ceded the vcpu. It has to have
> some sort of hint, which is what the guest OS provides.

I'm missing something here, hot-unplug is a slow path and should not
ever be latency critical..?



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