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SubjectRe: [PATCH] kmod: Run usermodehelpers only on cpus allowed for kthreadd
On Thu, 17 Oct 2013, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:

> > - /* We can run anywhere, unlike our parent keventd(). */
> > - set_cpus_allowed_ptr(current, cpu_all_mask);
> > + /* We can run anywhere kthreadd can run */
> > + set_kthreadd_affinity();
>
> If you really want your isolated CPUs to be undisturbed, you need this affinity to
> be set before the creation of this usermode helper. Otherwise it's going to run to any random
> place before you call the above function.
>
> Is there now way to control the kworker affinity which create this usermode helpers threads
> instead?

The invocation is coming from keventd so the affinity seems to be set to
a different cpu before we get the thread moved.

A tsc loop is running on the processor that gets hit by the usermodehelper spawns.

We see spawning by the tty notifier (when typing on a vt) as well as by a
mellanox driver (periodically).



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