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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/7] sched: rework of sched_domain topology definition
On 19 March 2014 16:22, Dietmar Eggemann <> wrote:
> On 19/03/14 13:33, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> [...]
>>>> Is there a way to check that MC and GMC have to have
>>>> SD_SHARE_PKG_RESOURCES set so that this can't happen unnoticed?
>>> So from the core codes perspective those names mean less than nothing.
>>> Its just a string to carry along for us meat-bags. The string isn't even
>>> there when !SCHED_DEBUG.
>>> So from this codes POV you told it it had a domain without PKGSHARE,
>>> that's fine.
>>> That said; yeah the thing isn't the prettiest piece of code. But it has
>>> the big advantage of being the one place where we convert topology into
>>> behaviour.
>> We might add a check of the child in sd_init to ensure that the child
>> has at least some properties of the current level.
>> I mean that if a level has got the SD_SHARE_PKG_RESOURCES flag, its
>> child must also have it. The same for SD_SHARE_CPUPOWER and
>> so we can add something like the below in sd_init
>> flags = sd->flags & child_flags
>> if (sd->child)
>> child_flags &= sd->child->flags
>> child_flags &= flags
>> if (flags != child_flags)
>> pr_info("The topology description looks strange \n");
> I tried it with my faulty set-up on TC2 and I get the info message for
> the GMC level for all CPU's in sd_init.
> I had to pass an 'struct sched_domain *child' pointer into sd_init()
> from build_sched_domain() because inside sd_init() sd->child is always NULL.

ah yes... the child is set after the call to sd_init so we don't have
access to the child

> So one of the requirements of this approach is that a child level like
> GMC (which could potentially replace its parent level or otherwise is
> destroyed itself) has to specify all flags of its parent level (MC)?

yes among the 3 flags that i mention because we have simple
parent/child relation for this 3 flags

> What about SD_NUMA in child_flags? SD_ASYM_PACKING is also a little bit

SD_NUMA doesn't follow the same rule

> different than SD_SHARE_PKG_RESOURCES or SD_SHARE_CPUPOWER because it's
> not used in the if ... else statement.

It's not a matter of being in a if else statement but more a topology

> But I'm afraid this only works for this specific case of the MC/GMC

This also works if a level with SD_SHARE_CPUPOWER flag is declared in
the table after a level without the flag which doesn't make sense

> layer and is not scalable. If sd->child is a level for which you don't
> want to potentially destroy itself or its parent, then you would get
> false alarms. IMHO, sd_init() has no information for which pair of
> adjacent levels it should apply this check and for which not. Do I miss
> something here?

This check could apply on all level.


> -- Dietmar
>> Vincent

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