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SubjectRe: Question on handling managed IRQs when hotplugging CPUs
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On 04/02/2019 07:12, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
> On 2/1/19 10:57 PM, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> On Fri, 1 Feb 2019, Hannes Reinecke wrote:
>>> Thing is, if we have _managed_ CPU hotplug (ie if the hardware
>>> provides some
>>> means of quiescing the CPU before hotplug) then the whole thing is
>>> trivial;
>>> disable SQ and wait for all outstanding commands to complete.
>>> Then trivially all requests are completed and the issue is resolved.
>>> Even with todays infrastructure.
>>>
>>> And I'm not sure if we can handle surprise CPU hotplug at all, given
>>> all the
>>> possible race conditions.
>>> But then I might be wrong.
>>
>> The kernel would completely fall apart when a CPU would vanish by
>> surprise,
>> i.e. uncontrolled by the kernel. Then the SCSI driver exploding would be
>> the least of our problems.
>>
> Hehe. As I thought.

Hi Hannes,

>
> So, as the user then has to wait for the system to declars 'ready for
> CPU remove', why can't we just disable the SQ and wait for all I/O to
> complete?
> We can make it more fine-grained by just waiting on all outstanding I/O
> on that SQ to complete, but waiting for all I/O should be good as an
> initial try.
> With that we wouldn't need to fiddle with driver internals, and could
> make it pretty generic.

I don't fully understand this idea - specifically, at which layer would
we be waiting for all the IO to complete?

> And we could always add more detailed logic if the driver has the means
> for doing so.
>

Thanks,
John

> Cheers,
>
> Hannes


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