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From: Marcelo Tosatti <>
Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <>,
	Chris Friesen <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Andrew Morton <>,
	Jim Somerville <>,
	Christoph Lameter <>
Subject: [patch 0/4] affine kernel threads to nohz_full= cpumask (v4)
Date: Wed, 01 Apr 2020 09:10:18 -0300	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)

This is a kernel enhancement that configures the cpu affinity of kernel
threads via kernel boot option nohz_full=.

When this option is specified, the cpumask is immediately applied upon
thread launch. This does not affect kernel threads that specify cpu
and node.

This allows CPU isolation (that is not allowing certain threads
to execute on certain CPUs) without using the isolcpus=domain parameter,
making it possible to enable load balancing on such CPUs
during runtime (see kernel-parameters.txt).

Note-1: this is based off on Wind River's patch at

Difference being that this patch is limited to modifying
kernel thread cpumask: Behaviour of other threads can
be controlled via cgroups or sched_setaffinity.

Note-2: Wind River's patch was based off Christoph Lameter's patch at with the only difference being
the kernel parameter changed from kthread to kthread_cpus.

v2: use isolcpus= subcommand (Thomas Gleixner)

v3: s/MontaVista/Wind River/ on changelog (Chris Friesen)
    documentation updates                 (Chris Friesen)
    undeprecate isolcpus                  (Chris Friesen)
    general cleanups                      (Frederic Weisbecker)
    separate cpu_possible_mask kthread
    mask change                           (Frederic Weisbecker)

v4: disable idle load balancing for nohz_full=
    use nohz_full= option for kthread isolation (Frederic Weisbecker)

             reply	other threads:[~2020-04-01 12:15 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-04-01 12:10 Marcelo Tosatti [this message]
2020-04-01 12:10 ` [patch 1/4] kthread: switch to cpu_possible_mask Marcelo Tosatti
2020-04-01 12:10 ` [patch 2/4] isolation: set HK_FLAG_SCHED on nohz_full CPUs Marcelo Tosatti
2020-04-01 12:10 ` [patch 3/4] isolcpus: affine kernel threads to housekeeping cpus Marcelo Tosatti
2020-04-01 22:32   ` Randy Dunlap
2020-04-03 10:37   ` [patch 3/4 v2] " Marcelo Tosatti
2020-04-01 12:10 ` [patch 4/4] isolcpus: undeprecate on documentation Marcelo Tosatti
2020-04-20 16:02 ` [patch 0/4] affine kernel threads to nohz_full= cpumask (v4) Frederic Weisbecker

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