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SubjectRe: [PATCH V2] cpuset: Add knob to make allowed masks hotplug invariant on legacy hierarchy
On Mon, Apr 13, 2015 at 05:46:37PM +0530, Preeti U Murthy wrote:
> On 04/13/2015 12:31 PM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:

> > Would it not make sense to make that a mount option and limit the amount
> > of semantic variants of cpusets?
> I spent some time analyzing if this would be a better option than the
> sysfs knob and I think not for the following reasons:
> 1. Mount options tend to be generic across the controllers of a cgroup.
> But use case addressed by this patch is specific to the cpuset controller.

Surely we can get around that somehow.

> 2. The behavior that this patch is trying to bring about is not a
> drastic one to call for a mount option equivalent to the __SANE_BEHAVIOR
> one that existed earlier. This option was used to switch the legacy
> design to the default one.
> However this patch is not *wholly* mimicking the default hierarchy
> behavior. The behavior when cpusets become empty is left untouched for
> instance. The patch borrows one of the behaviors from the default
> hierarchy only and hence just not justify the use of a mount flag.

So the 'problem' I have is that you introduce a 3rd semantic for the
cpuset thing.

You also do not answer if you can live with the default hierarchy
behaviour, only that your patch mimicks a subset of it.

Why not all of it?

> 3. cpuset controller already has flags that allow a runtime change in
> the semantics of scheduling, memory allocation.
> Eg: CS_SCHED_LOAD_BALANCE, CS_SPREAD_PAGE. This page intends to bring
> about a runtime change in the semantics of maintaining the allowed cpus
> and mem masks in the face of hotplug. So adding a flag to take care of
> this looks better and the design falls in place.


I disagree, you change global semantics, the ONLY_ON_ROOT is a hint
here. If such a file really is the only option, then at least take the
entire semantics from default hierarchy, not only part of it.

> 4. The worry was around possible race conditions when the user tries to
> change this sysfs knob during runtime after mounting a cgroup hierarchy.
> But the sites are protected by the cpuset_lock. Moreover all of the
> cpuset behavior enforced by its flags can be changed after mounting the
> cgroup. So cpuset controller already expects twiddling of these knobs at
> will by the user.

That just doesn't parse. cpuset_lock doesn't protect anything userspace.

You cannot atomically read this flag and do something else. It being
ONLY_ON_ROOT might mean you don't even have access to the flag.

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