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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 5/7] Documentations/cpu-hotplug.tx, kernel-parameters.txt: Add x86 CPU0 online/offline feature
On Wed, Nov 09, 2011 at 04:34:15PM -0800, Fenghua Yu wrote:
> From: Fenghua Yu <fenghua.yu@intel.com>
>
> Add x86 CPU0 online/offline feature in the two documentations.
>
> By default BSP is not pluggable. Kernel parameter bsp_hotplug enables BSP
> online/offline feature.
>
> The documentations point out two BSP dependencies. First, resume from hibernate
> or suspend always starts from BSP. So hibernate and suspend are prevented if BSP
> is offline. Another dependency is PIC interrupts always go to BSP.
>
> It's said that some machines may depend on CPU0 to poweroff/reboot. But I
> haven't seen such dependency on a few tested machines.
>
> Please let me know if you see any CPU0 dependencies on your machine.
>
> Signed-off-by: Fenghua Yu <fenghua.yu@intel.com>
> ---
> ---
> Documentation/cpu-hotplug.txt | 19 +++++++++++++++++++
> Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt | 13 +++++++++++++
> 2 files changed, 32 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/Documentation/cpu-hotplug.txt b/Documentation/cpu-hotplug.txt
> index a20bfd4..93af1a0 100644
> --- a/Documentation/cpu-hotplug.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/cpu-hotplug.txt
> @@ -207,6 +207,25 @@ by making it not-removable.
>
> In such cases you will also notice that the online file is missing under cpu0.
>
> +Q: Is CPU0 removable on X86?
> +A: Yes. If given kernel option bsp_hotplug, CPU0 is removable.
> +
> +But some features depend on BSP. Known dependencies are:
> +1. Resume from hibernate/suspend depends on BSP. Hibernate/suspend will fail if
> +BSP is offline and you need to online BSP before hibernate/suspend can continue.
> +2. PIC interrupts also depend on BSP. BSP can't be removed if a PIC interrupt
> +is detected.
> +
> +It's said poweroff/reboot may depend on BSP on some machines although I haven't
> +seen any poweroff/reboot failure so far after BSP is offline on a few tested
> +machines.
> +
> +Please let me know if you know or see any other dependencies of BSP.

You should include your email so folks can contact you.

> +
> +If the dependencies are under your control, you can turn on bsp_hotplug.
> +
> +--Fenghua Yu
> +
> Q: How do i find out if a particular CPU is not removable?
> A: Depending on the implementation, some architectures may show this by the
> absence of the "online" file. This is done if it can be determined ahead of
> diff --git a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> index a0c5c5f..55582db 100644
> --- a/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> +++ b/Documentation/kernel-parameters.txt
> @@ -1842,6 +1842,19 @@ bytes respectively. Such letter suffixes can also be entirely omitted.
>
> nox2apic [X86-64,APIC] Do not enable x2APIC mode.
>
> + bsp_hotplug [X86] BSP (aka CPU0) is hotpluggable.
> + Some features depend on BSP. Known dependencies are:
> + 1. Resume from suspend/hibernate depends on BSP.
> + Suspend/hibernate will fail if BSP is offline and you
> + need to online BSP before suspend/hibernate.
> + 2. PIC interrupts also depend on BSP. BSP can't be
> + removed if a PIC interrupt is detected.
> + It's said poweroff/reboot may depend on BSP on some
> + machines although I haven't seen such issues so far
> + after BSP is offline on a few tested machines.
> + If the dependencies are under your control, you can
> + turn on bsp_hotplug.
> +
> nptcg= [IA-64] Override max number of concurrent global TLB
> purges which is reported from either PAL_VM_SUMMARY or
> SAL PALO.
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