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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/2] cpu: pseries: Offline state framework.
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On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 18:38 +1000, Benjamin Herrenschmidt wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-09-24 at 09:51 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > > I don't quite follow your logic here. This is useful for more than just
> > > hypervisors. For example, take the HV out of the picture for a moment
> > > and imagine that the HW has the ability to offline CPU in various power
> > > levels, with varying latencies to bring them back.
> >
> > cpu-hotplug is an utter slow path, anybody saying latency and hotplug in
> > the same sentence doesn't seem to grasp either or both concepts.
>
> Let's forget about latency then. Let's imagine I want to set a CPU
> offline to save power, vs. setting it offline -and- opening the back
> door of the machine to actually physically replace it :-)

If the hardware is capable of physical hotplug, then surely powering the
socket down saves most power and is the preferred mode?

> In any case, I don't see the added feature as being problematic, and
> not such a "layering violation" as you seem to imply it is. It's a
> convenient way to atomically take the CPU out -and- convey some
> information about the "intent" to the hypervisor, and I really fail
> to see why you have so strong objections about it.

Ignorance on my part probably :-)

I'm simply not seeing a use case for it, except for the virt case, which
I think we should bug the virt interface with and not the cpu-hotplug
interface.





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