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From: Paul Gortmaker <>
To: Peter Zijlstra <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC cpumask 4/5] cpumask: Add "last" alias for cpu list specifications
Date: Wed, 6 Jan 2021 12:45:51 -0500	[thread overview]
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[Re: [PATCH RFC cpumask 4/5] cpumask: Add "last" alias for cpu list specifications] On 06/01/2021 (Wed 10:49) Peter Zijlstra wrote:

> On Tue, Jan 05, 2021 at 04:49:55PM -0800, wrote:
> > From: Paul Gortmaker <>
> > 
> > It seems that a common configuration is to use the 1st couple cores
> > for housekeeping tasks, and or driving a busy peripheral that generates
> > a lot of interrupts, or something similar.


> > A generic token replacement is used to substitute "last" with the
> > number of CPUs present before handing off to bitmap processing.  But
> > it could just as easily be used to replace any placeholder token with
> > any other token or value only known at/after boot.
> Aside from the comments Yury made, on how all this is better in
> bitmap_parselist(), how about doing s/last/N/ here? For me something
> like: "4-N" reads much saner than "4-last".

OK, I can see N used as per university math classes... to indicate the
end point of a fixed set of numbers, but I confess to having had to
think about it for a bit (university was a long time ago).  I don't have
any strong opinion one way or another -- "last" vs. "N"...

> Also, it might make sense to teach all this about core/node topology,
> but that's going to be messy. Imagine something like "Core1-CoreN" or
> "Nore1-NodeN" to mean the mask all/{Core,Node}0.
> And that is another feature that seems to be missing from parselist,
> all/except.

Seems reasonable, but I'm going to look at fixing up what I've got as
per Yury's comments before volunteering to muck around with more string
parsing code to add more features...


  reply	other threads:[~2021-01-06 17:47 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 22+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-01-06  0:48 [PATCH RFC cpumask] Allow "all", "none", and "last" in cpumask strings Paul E. McKenney
2021-01-06  0:49 ` [PATCH RFC cpumask 1/5] cpumask: Un-inline cpulist_parse for SMP; prepare for ascii helpers paulmck
2021-01-06  0:49 ` [PATCH RFC cpumask 2/5] cpumask: Make "all" alias global and not just RCU paulmck
2021-01-06  6:32   ` Yury Norov
2021-01-06  0:49 ` [PATCH RFC cpumask 3/5] cpumask: Add a "none" alias to complement "all" paulmck
2021-01-06  6:59   ` Yury Norov
2021-01-06  0:49 ` [PATCH RFC cpumask 4/5] cpumask: Add "last" alias for cpu list specifications paulmck
2021-01-06  8:41   ` Yury Norov
2021-01-06  9:49   ` Peter Zijlstra
2021-01-06 17:45     ` Paul Gortmaker [this message]
2021-01-06 21:16     ` Yury Norov
2021-01-07 14:18       ` Peter Zijlstra
2021-01-07 14:47         ` Paul E. McKenney
2021-01-07 14:59           ` Peter Zijlstra
2021-01-07 15:32             ` Paul E. McKenney
2021-01-07 15:05         ` Paul E. McKenney
2021-01-06  0:49 ` [PATCH RFC cpumask 5/5] rcutorture: Use "all" and "last" in "nohz_full" and "rcu_nocbs" paulmck
2021-01-06  8:49 ` [PATCH RFC cpumask] Allow "all", "none", and "last" in cpumask strings Yury Norov
2021-01-21  7:11   ` Yury Norov
2021-01-21 16:57     ` Paul E. McKenney
2021-01-21 21:39       ` Paul E. McKenney
2021-01-21 22:42     ` Paul Gortmaker

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