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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/6] sched: rework of sched_domain topology definition
On 20 March 2014 13:41, Dietmar Eggemann <> wrote:
> On 19/03/14 16:22, Vincent Guittot wrote:
>> We replace the old way to configure the scheduler topology with a new method
>> which enables a platform to declare additionnal level (if needed).
>> We still have a default topology table definition that can be used by platform
>> that don't want more level than the SMT, MC, CPU and NUMA ones. This table can
>> be overwritten by an arch which either wants to add new level where a load balance
>> make sense like BOOK or powergating level or wants to change the flags
>> configuration of some levels.
>> For each level, we need a function pointer that returns cpumask for each cpu,
>> a function pointer that returns the flags for the level and a name. Only flags
>> that describe topology, can be set by an architecture. The current topology
>> flags are:
>> Then, each level must be a subset on the next one. The build sequence of the
>> sched_domain will take care of removing useless levels like those with 1 CPU
>> and those with the same CPU span and relevant information for load balancing
>> than its child.
> The paragraph above contains important information to set this up
> correctly, that's why it might be worth clarifying:
> - "next one" of sd means "child of sd" ?

It's the next one in the table so the parent in the sched_domain

> - "subset" means really "subset" and not "proper subset" ?

yes, it's really "subset" and not "proper subset"


> On TC2 w/ the following change in cpu_corepower_mask()
> const struct cpumask *cpu_corepower_mask(int cpu)
> {
> - return &cpu_topology[cpu].thread_sibling;
> + return cpu_topology[cpu].socket_id ?
> &cpu_topology[cpu].thread_sibling :
> + &cpu_topology[cpu].core_sibling;
> }
> I get this e.g. for CPU0,2:
> CPU0: cpu_corepower_mask=0-1 -> GMC is subset of MC
> CPU0: cpu_coregroup_mask=0-1
> CPU0: cpu_cpu_mask=0-4
> CPU2: cpu_corepower_mask=2 -> GMC is proper sunset of MC
> CPU2: cpu_coregroup_mask=2-4
> CPU2: cpu_cpu_mask=0-4
> I assume here that this is a correct set-up.
> The domain degenerate part:
> "useless levels like those with 1 CPU" ... that's the case for GMC level
> for CPU2,3,4
> The GMC level is destroyed because of the following code snippet in
> sd_degenerate(): if (cpumask_weight(sched_domain_span(sd)) == 1)
> so that's fine.
> In case of CPU0,1 since GMC and MC have the same span, the code in
> build_sched_groups() creates only one group for MC and that's why
> pflags is altered in sd_parent_degenerate() to SD_WAKE_AFFINE (0x20) and
> the if condition 'if (~cflags & pflags)' is not hit and
> sd_parent_degenerate() finally returns 1 for MC.
> So the "those with the same CPU span and relevant information for load
> balancing than its child." is not so easy to understand for me. Because
> both levels have the same span we actually don't take the flags of the
> parent into consideration which require at least 2 groups.
> So the TC2 example covers for me two corner cases: (1) The level I want
> to get rid of only contains 1 CPU (GMC for CPU2,3,4) and (2) The span of
> the parent level I want to get rid of (MC for CPU0,1) of is the same as
> the span of the level which should stay.
> Are these two corner cases the only one supported here? If yes this has
> to be stated somewhere, otherwise if somebody will try this approach on
> a different topology, (s)he might be surprised.
> If we only consider SD_SHARE_POWERDOMAIN for the socket related level,
> this works fine.
> I would like to test this on more platforms but I only have my TC2
> available :-)
> -- Dietmar
> [...]

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