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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/4] drivers core: Introduce CPU type sysfs interface

Le 12/11/2020 à 07:42, Greg Kroah-Hartman a écrit :
> On Thu, Nov 12, 2020 at 07:19:48AM +0100, Brice Goglin wrote:
>> Le 07/10/2020 à 07:15, Greg Kroah-Hartman a écrit :
>>> On Tue, Oct 06, 2020 at 08:14:47PM -0700, Ricardo Neri wrote:
>>>> On Tue, Oct 06, 2020 at 09:37:44AM +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>>>>> On Mon, Oct 05, 2020 at 05:57:36PM -0700, Ricardo Neri wrote:
>>>>>> On Sat, Oct 03, 2020 at 10:53:45AM +0200, Greg Kroah-Hartman wrote:
>>>>>>> On Fri, Oct 02, 2020 at 06:17:42PM -0700, Ricardo Neri wrote:
>>>>>>>> Hybrid CPU topologies combine CPUs of different microarchitectures in the
>>>>>>>> same die. Thus, even though the instruction set is compatible among all
>>>>>>>> CPUs, there may still be differences in features (e.g., some CPUs may
>>>>>>>> have counters that others CPU do not). There may be applications
>>>>>>>> interested in knowing the type of micro-architecture topology of the
>>>>>>>> system to make decisions about process affinity.
>>>>>>>> While the existing sysfs for capacity (/sys/devices/system/cpu/cpuX/
>>>>>>>> cpu_capacity) may be used to infer the types of micro-architecture of the
>>>>>>>> CPUs in the platform, it may not be entirely accurate. For instance, two
>>>>>>>> subsets of CPUs with different types of micro-architecture may have the
>>>>>>>> same capacity due to power or thermal constraints.
>>>>>>>> Create the new directory /sys/devices/system/cpu/types. Under such
>>>>>>>> directory, create individual subdirectories for each type of CPU micro-
>>>>>>>> architecture. Each subdirectory will have cpulist and cpumap files. This
>>>>>>>> makes it convenient for user space to read all the CPUs of the same type
>>>>>>>> at once without having to inspect each CPU individually.
>>>>>>>> Implement a generic interface using weak functions that architectures can
>>>>>>>> override to indicate a) support for CPU types, b) the CPU type number, and
>>>>>>>> c) a string to identify the CPU vendor and type.
>>>>>>>> For example, an x86 system with one Intel Core and four Intel Atom CPUs
>>>>>>>> would look like this (other architectures have the hooks to use whatever
>>>>>>>> directory naming convention below "types" that meets their needs):
>>>>>>>> user@host:~$: ls /sys/devices/system/cpu/types
>>>>>>>> intel_atom_0 intel_core_0
>>>>>>>> user@host:~$ ls /sys/devices/system/cpu/types/intel_atom_0
>>>>>>>> cpulist cpumap
>>>>>>>> user@host:~$ ls /sys/devices/system/cpu/types/intel_core_0
>>>>>>>> cpulist cpumap
>>>>>>>> user@host:~$ cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/types/intel_atom_0/cpumap
>>>>>>>> 0f
>>>>>>>> user@host:~$ cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/types/intel_atom_0/cpulist
>>>>>>>> 0-3
>>>>>>>> user@ihost:~$ cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/types/intel_core_0/cpumap
>>>>>>>> 10
>>>>>>>> user@host:~$ cat /sys/devices/system/cpu/types/intel_core_0/cpulist
>>>>>>>> 4
>>>>>> Thank you for the quick and detailed Greg!
>>>>>>> The output of 'tree' sometimes makes it easier to see here, or:
>>>>>>> grep -R . *
>>>>>>> also works well.
>>>>>> Indeed, this would definitely make it more readable.
>>>>>>>> On non-hybrid systems, the /sys/devices/system/cpu/types directory is not
>>>>>>>> created. Add a hook for this purpose.
>>>>>>> Why should these not show up if the system is not "hybrid"?
>>>>>> My thinking was that on a non-hybrid system, it does not make sense to
>>>>>> create this interface, as all the CPUs will be of the same type.
>>>>> Why not just have this an attribute type in the existing cpuX directory?
>>>>> Why do this have to be a totally separate directory and userspace has to
>>>>> figure out to look in two different spots for the same cpu to determine
>>>>> what it is?
>>>> But if the type is located under cpuX, usespace would need to traverse
>>>> all the CPUs and create its own cpu masks. Under the types directory it
>>>> would only need to look once for each type of CPU, IMHO.
>>> What does a "mask" do? What does userspace care about this? You would
>>> have to create it by traversing the directories you are creating anyway,
>>> so it's not much different, right?
>> Hello
>> Sorry for the late reply. As the first userspace consumer of this
>> interface [1], I can confirm that reading a single file to get the mask
>> would be better, at least for performance reason. On large platforms, we
>> already have to read thousands of sysfs files to get CPU topology and
>> cache information, I'd be happy not to read one more file per cpu.
>> Reading these sysfs files is slow, and it does not scale well when
>> multiple processes read them in parallel.
> Really? Where is the slowdown? Would something like readfile() work
> better for you for that?

I guess readfile would improve the sequential case by avoiding syscalls
but it would not improve the parallel case since syscalls shouldn't have
any parallel issue?

We've been watching the status of readfile() since it was posted on LKML
6 months ago, but we were actually wondering if it would end up being
included at some point.

> How does multiple processes slow anything down, there shouldn't be any
> shared locks here.

When I benchmarked this in 2016, reading a single (small) sysfs file was
41x slower when running 64 processes simultaneously on a 64-core Knights
Landing than reading from a single process. On a SGI Altix UV with 12x
8-core CPUs, reading from one process per CPU (12 total) was 60x slower
(which could mean NUMA affinity matters), and reading from one process
per core (96 total) was 491x slower.

I will try to find some time to dig further on recent kernels with perf
and readfile (both machines were running RHEL7).

>> There are ways to avoid this
>> multiple discoveries by sharing hwloc info through XML or shmem, but it
>> will take years before all developers of different runtimes all
>> implement this :)
> I don't understand, what exactly are you suggesting we do here instead?

I was just saying userspace has ways to mitigate the issue but it will
take time because many different projects are involved.


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