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SubjectRe: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 13/23] rcu: Control grace-period duration from sysfs
On Thu, Sep 06, 2012 at 04:15:30PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Thu, 2012-08-30 at 11:18 -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > From: "Paul E. McKenney" <paul.mckenney@linaro.org>
> >
> > Some uses of RCU benefit from shorter grace periods, while others benefit
> > more from the greater efficiency provided by longer grace periods.
> > Therefore, this commit allows the durations to be controlled from sysfs.
> > There are two sysfs parameters, one named "jiffies_till_first_fqs" that
> > specifies the delay in jiffies from the end of grace-period initialization
> > until the first attempt to force quiescent states, and the other named
> > "jiffies_till_next_fqs" that specifies the delay (again in jiffies)
> > between subsequent attempts to force quiescent states. They both default
> > to three jiffies, which is compatible with the old hard-coded behavior.
>
> A number of questions:
>
> - how do I know if my workload wants a longer or shorter forced qs
> period?

Almost everyone can do just fine with the defaults. If you have more
than about 1,000 CPUs, you might need a longer period. Some embedded
systems might need a shorter period -- the only specific example I know
of is network diagnostic equipment running wireshark, which starts up
slowly due to grace-period length.

> - the above implies a measure of good/bad-ness associated with fqs,
> can one formulate this?

Maybe. I do not yet have enough data on really big systems to have a
good formula just yet.

> - if we can, should we not do this 'automagically' and avoid burdening
> our already hard pressed sysads of the world with trying to figure
> this out?

I do expect to get there at some point.

> Also, whatever made you want to provide this 'feature' in the first
> place?

Complaints from the two groups called out above.

Thanx, Paul



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