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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 4/5] slub: Only IPI CPUs that have per cpu obj to flush
On Mon, Nov 14, 2011 at 3:19 PM, Hillf Danton <> wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 13, 2011 at 10:57 PM, Gilad Ben-Yossef <> wrote:
>>> Perhaps, the technique of local_cpu_mask defined in kernel/sched_rt.c
>>> could be used to replace the above atomic allocation.
>> Thank you for taking the time to review my patch :-)
>> That is indeed the direction I went with inthe previous iteration of
>> this patch, with the small change that because of observing that the
>> allocation will only actually occurs for CPUMASK_OFFSTACK=y which by
>> definition are systems with lots and lots of CPUs and, it is actually
>> better to allocate the cpumask per kmem_cache rather then per CPU,
>> since on system where it matters we are bound to have more CPUs (e.g.
>> 4096) then kmem_caches (~160). See
>> I then went a head and further optimized the code to only incur the
>> memory overhead of allocating those cpumasks for CPUMASK_OFFSTACK=y
>> systems. See
>> As you can see from the discussion that evolved, there seems to be an
>> agreement that the code complexity overhead involved is simply not
>> worth it for what is, unlike sched_rt, a rather esoteric case and one
>> where allocation failure is easily dealt with.
> Even with the introduced overhead of allocation, IPIs could not go down
> as much as we wish, right?

My apologies, but I don't think I follow you through -

If processor A needs processor B to do something, an IPI is the right
thing to do. Let's call them useful IPIs.

What I am trying to tackle is the places where processor B doesn't
really have anything to
do and processor A is simply blindly sending IPIs to the whole system.
I call them useless IPIs.

I don't see a reason why *useless* IPIs can go to zero, or very close
to that. Useful IPIs are fine :-)

Gilad Ben-Yossef
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