[PATCH 1/2] cpuhotplug/nohz: Remove offline cpus from nohz-idle state

Srivatsa S. Bhat srivatsa.bhat at linux.vnet.ibm.com
Tue Jan 8 17:55:53 EST 2013

On 01/05/2013 04:06 PM, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 03, 2013 at 06:58:38PM -0800, Srivatsa Vaddagiri wrote:
>> I also think that the
>> wait_for_completion() based wait in ARM's __cpu_die() can be replaced with a
>> busy-loop based one, as the wait there in general should be terminated within
>> few cycles.
> Why open-code this stuff when we have infrastructure already in the kernel
> for waiting for stuff to happen?  I chose to use the standard infrastructure
> because its better tested, and avoids having to think about whether we need
> CPU barriers and such like to ensure that updates are seen in a timely
> manner.
> My stance on a lot of this idle/cpu dying code is that much of it can
> probably be cleaned up and merged into a single common implementation -
> in which case the use of standard infrastructure for things like waiting
> for other CPUs do stuff is even more justified.

On similar lines, Nikunj (in CC) and I had posted a patchset sometime ago to
consolidate some of the CPU hotplug related code in the various architectures
into a common standard implementation [1].

However, we ended up hitting a problem with Xen, because its existing code
was unlike the other arch/ pieces [2]. At that time, we decided that we will
first make the CPU online and offline paths symmetric in the generic code and
then provide a common implementation of the duplicated bits in arch/, for the
new CPU hotplug model [3].

I guess we should probably revisit it sometime, consolidating the code in
incremental steps if not all at a time...

[1]. http://lwn.net/Articles/500185/
[2]. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel.cross-arch/14342/focus=14430
[3]. http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel.cross-arch/14342/focus=15567

Srivatsa S. Bhat

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