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From: Yury Norov <yury.norov@gmail.com>
To: Paul Gortmaker <paul.gortmaker@windriver.com>
Cc: Linux Kernel Mailing List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	lizefan@huawei.com, Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>,
	josh@joshtriplett.org, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>,
	"Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@kernel.org>,
	fweisbec@gmail.com, Rasmus Villemoes <linux@rasmusvillemoes.dk>,
	Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v3 0/8] support for bitmap (and hence CPU) list "N" abbreviation
Date: Tue, 26 Jan 2021 14:27:38 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <CAAH8bW-6GQkx67=iiwozKwG=4b4rJ8sqNB3UrMeS5eregNvkzA@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20210126171141.122639-1-paul.gortmaker@windriver.com>

On Tue, Jan 26, 2021 at 9:12 AM Paul Gortmaker
<paul.gortmaker@windriver.com> wrote:
>
> The basic objective here was to add support for "nohz_full=8-N" and/or
> "rcu_nocbs="4-N" -- essentially introduce "N" as a portable reference
> to the last core, evaluated at boot for anything using a CPU list.
>
> The thinking behind this, is that people carve off a few early CPUs to
> support housekeeping tasks, and perhaps dedicate one to a busy I/O
> peripheral, and then the remaining pool of CPUs out to the end are a
> part of a commonly configured pool used for the real work the user
> cares about.
>
> Extend that logic out to a fleet of machines - some new, and some
> nearing EOL, and you've probably got a wide range of core counts to
> contend with - even though the early number of cores dedicated to the
> system overhead probably doesn't vary.
>
> This change would enable sysadmins to have a common bootarg across all
> such systems, and would also avoid any off-by-one fencepost errors that
> happen for users who might briefly forget that core counts start at zero.
>
> Originally I did this at the CPU subsys level, but Yury suggested it
> be moved down further to bitmap level itself, which made the core
> implementation [6/8] smaller and less complex, but the series longer.
>
> New self tests are added to better exercise what bitmap range/region
> currently supports, and new tests are added for the new "N" support.
>
> Also tested boot arg and the post-boot cgroup use case as per below:
>
>    root@hackbox:~# cat /proc/cmdline
>    BOOT_IMAGE=/boot/bzImage root=/dev/sda1 rcu_nocbs=2,3,8-N:1/2
>    root@hackbox:~# dmesg|grep Offl
>    rcu:     Offload RCU callbacks from CPUs: 2-3,8,10,12,14.
>
>    root@hackbox:/sys/fs/cgroup/cpuset/foo# cat cpuset.cpus
>
>    root@hackbox:/sys/fs/cgroup/cpuset/foo# /bin/echo 10-N > cpuset.cpus
>    root@hackbox:/sys/fs/cgroup/cpuset/foo# cat cpuset.cpus
>    10-15
>    root@hackbox:/sys/fs/cgroup/cpuset/foo# /bin/echo N-N:N/N > cpuset.cpus
>    root@hackbox:/sys/fs/cgroup/cpuset/foo# cat cpuset.cpus
>    15
>
> This was on a 16 core machine with CONFIG_NR_CPUS=16 in .config file.
>
> Note that "N" is a dynamic quantity, and can change scope if the bitmap
> is changed in size.  So at the risk of stating the obvious, don't use it
> for "burn_eFuse=128-N" or "secure_erase_firmware=32-N" type stuff.

I think it's worth moving this sentence to the Documentation. Another
caveat with
N is that users' config may surprisingly become invalid, like if user
says 32-N, and
on some machine with a smaller bitmap this config fails to boot.

It doesn't mean of course that I'm against 'N'. I think it's very
useful especially in
such common cases like "N", "0-N", "1-N".

Would it make sense to treat the mask "32-N" when N < 32 as N-N,
and bark something in dmesg?

> Paul.
> ---
>
> [v1: https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20210106004850.GA11682@paulmck-ThinkPad-P72/
>
> [v2: push code down from cpu subsys to core bitmap code as per
>  Yury's comments.  Change "last" to simply be "N" as per PeterZ.]
>  https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20210121223355.59780-1-paul.gortmaker@windriver.com/
>
> [v3: Allow "N" to be used anywhere in the region spec, i.e. "N-N:N/N" vs.
>  just being allowed at end of range like "0-N".  Add new self-tests.  Drop
>  "all" and "none" aliases as redundant and not worth the extra complication. ]
>
> Cc: Li Zefan <lizefan@huawei.com>
> Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
> Cc: Yury Norov <yury.norov@gmail.com>
> Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> Cc: Josh Triplett <josh@joshtriplett.org>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
> Cc: "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@kernel.org>
> Cc: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com>
> Cc: Rasmus Villemoes <linux@rasmusvillemoes.dk>
> Cc: Andy Shevchenko <andriy.shevchenko@linux.intel.com>
>
> ---
>
> Paul Gortmaker (8):
>   lib: test_bitmap: clearly separate ERANGE from EINVAL tests.
>   lib: test_bitmap: add more start-end:offset/len tests
>   lib: bitmap: fold nbits into region struct
>   lib: bitmap: move ERANGE check from set_region to check_region
>   lib: bitmap_getnum: separate arg into region and field
>   lib: bitmap: support "N" as an alias for size of bitmap
>   lib: test_bitmap: add tests for "N" alias
>   rcu: deprecate "all" option to rcu_nocbs=
>
>  .../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.rst         |  2 +
>  .../admin-guide/kernel-parameters.txt         |  4 +-
>  kernel/rcu/tree_plugin.h                      |  6 +--
>  lib/bitmap.c                                  | 46 ++++++++++--------
>  lib/test_bitmap.c                             | 48 ++++++++++++++++---
>  5 files changed, 72 insertions(+), 34 deletions(-)
>
> --
> 2.17.1
>

  parent reply	other threads:[~2021-01-27  3:45 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 32+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2021-01-26 17:11 Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 17:11 ` [PATCH 1/8] lib: test_bitmap: clearly separate ERANGE from EINVAL tests Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 21:04   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-27  7:21     ` Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 17:11 ` [PATCH 2/8] lib: test_bitmap: add more start-end:offset/len tests Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 21:11   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-27  3:03   ` Yury Norov
2021-01-26 17:11 ` [PATCH 3/8] lib: bitmap: fold nbits into region struct Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 21:16   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-26 21:18     ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-27  8:02     ` Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-28  0:47       ` Yury Norov
2021-01-28 10:17         ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-27  3:08   ` Yury Norov
2021-01-26 17:11 ` [PATCH 4/8] lib: bitmap: move ERANGE check from set_region to check_region Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 21:19   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-27  3:12   ` Yury Norov
2021-01-26 17:11 ` [PATCH 5/8] lib: bitmap_getnum: separate arg into region and field Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 21:23   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-27  2:58     ` Yury Norov
2021-01-27  8:38       ` Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 17:11 ` [PATCH 6/8] lib: bitmap: support "N" as an alias for size of bitmap Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 21:37   ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-26 21:41     ` Andy Shevchenko
2021-01-27 17:57       ` Yury Norov
2021-01-27  8:20     ` Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 17:11 ` [PATCH 7/8] lib: test_bitmap: add tests for "N" alias Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 17:11 ` [PATCH 8/8] rcu: deprecate "all" option to rcu_nocbs= Paul Gortmaker
2021-01-26 21:36   ` Yury Norov
2021-01-26 22:17     ` Paul E. McKenney
2021-01-26 22:27 ` Yury Norov [this message]
2021-01-27  9:12   ` [PATCH v3 0/8] support for bitmap (and hence CPU) list "N" abbreviation Paul Gortmaker

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