[PATCH] powerpc: update ibm,client-architecture

Tony Breeds tony at bakeyournoodle.com
Tue Dec 22 11:18:19 EST 2009

On Mon, Dec 21, 2009 at 12:22:09PM -0600, Joel Schopp wrote:

> 4 is the new 2.  Since the actual threads per core is unknown at
> this point in boot you have to be conservative and go with the
> maximum number of any processor.  See page 4 of these charts:
> http://www.power.org/events/powercon09/taiwan09/IBM_Overview_POWER7.pdf

Sure P7 /can/ be 4-way SMT, but consider the case where you know you have 128
threads so you set NR_CPUS to 128, then you boot with "max cores" of 32, so you
lose half of your threads.  I guess that's only a problem when you build your
own kernels, distros are probably setting NR_CPUS high enough to cover all SMT2
systems anyway.

I guess if the patch only set the "max cores" and described why, I'd (FWIW :D)
be more comfortable.

Yours Tony

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