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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Extend mwait idle to optimize away CAL and RES interrupts to an idle CPU -v1
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On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM, Suresh Siddha <suresh.b.siddha@intel.com> wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-03-01 at 16:33 -0800, Venki Pallipadi wrote:
>> >
>> > fork_idle() should also make sure it does not schedule the child
>> > thread: thus we'd also be able to further simplify smpboot.c and
>> > get rid of all that extremely ugly 'struct create_idle'
>> > gymnastics in smpboot.c.
>>
>> But not this. I am not sure where fork_idle results in resched of the child.
>> As I saw it, fork_idle calls init_idle and that sets the affinity of
>> idle_task to target CPU. So, reschedule should not be a problem. What
>> am I missing here?
>
> I think Ingo is referring to the fact that we can't use kthread_create()
> here and hence we were relying on fork_idle().
>
>> Also, I tried this silly test patch (Cut and paste... Sorry) and it
>> seemed to work fine both with and without CPU hotplug.
>>
>
> I don't think we can do this today, as we need to make sure we have the
> correct current context. With dynamic cpu hotplug, current context can
> be any process and hence we were depending on the schedule_work()
> context.
>

schedule_work() is only done at boot time. In case of dynamic cpu
hotplug, we skip the whole fork_idle as we already have the task
struct and just do init_idle().

> thanks,
> suresh
>
>> Thanks,
>> Venki
>>
>> ---
>> diff --git a/arch/x86/kernel/smpboot.c b/arch/x86/kernel/smpboot.c
>> index 66d250c..36b80ef 100644
>> --- a/arch/x86/kernel/smpboot.c
>> +++ b/arch/x86/kernel/smpboot.c
>> @@ -686,7 +686,7 @@ static int __cpuinit do_boot_cpu(int apicid, int cpu)
>>                 .done   = COMPLETION_INITIALIZER_ONSTACK(c_idle.done),
>>         };
>>
>> -       INIT_WORK_ONSTACK(&c_idle.work, do_fork_idle);
>> +       // INIT_WORK_ONSTACK(&c_idle.work, do_fork_idle);
>>
>>         alternatives_smp_switch(1);
>>
>> @@ -703,12 +703,13 @@ static int __cpuinit do_boot_cpu(int apicid, int cpu)
>>                 goto do_rest;
>>         }
>>
>> -       schedule_work(&c_idle.work);
>> -       wait_for_completion(&c_idle.done);
>> +       // schedule_work(&c_idle.work);
>> +       // wait_for_completion(&c_idle.done);
>> +       c_idle.idle = fork_idle(cpu);
>>
>>         if (IS_ERR(c_idle.idle)) {
>>                 printk("failed fork for CPU %d\n", cpu);
>> -               destroy_work_on_stack(&c_idle.work);
>> +               // destroy_work_on_stack(&c_idle.work);
>>                 return PTR_ERR(c_idle.idle);
>>         }
>>
>> @@ -831,7 +832,7 @@ do_rest:
>>                 smpboot_restore_warm_reset_vector();
>>         }
>>
>> -       destroy_work_on_stack(&c_idle.work);
>> +       // destroy_work_on_stack(&c_idle.work);
>>         return boot_error;
>>  }
>>
>> ---
>>
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> >        Ingo
>
>
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