[RFC 0/2] Memoryless nodes and kworker

Tejun Heo tj at kernel.org
Sat Jul 19 04:58:29 EST 2014


On Fri, Jul 18, 2014 at 11:47:08AM -0700, Nish Aravamudan wrote:
> Why are any callers of the format kthread_create_on_node(...,
> cpu_to_node(cpu), ...) not using kthread_create_on_cpu(..., cpu, ...)?

Ah, okay, that's because unbound workers are NUMA node affine, not

> It seems like an additional reasonable approach would be to provide a
> suitable _cpu() API for the allocators. I'm not sure why saying that
> callers should know about NUMA (in order to call cpu_to_node() in every
> caller) is any better than saying that callers should know about memoryless
> nodes (in order to call cpu_to_mem() in every caller instead) -- when at

It is better because that's what they want to express - "I'm on this
memory node, please allocate memory on or close to this one".  That's
what the caller cares about.  Calling with cpu could be an option but
you'll eventually run into cases where you end up having to map back
NUMA node id to a CPU on it, which will probably feel at least a bit
silly.  There are things which really are per-NUMA node.

So, let's please express what needs to be expressed.  Massaging around
it can be useful at times but that doesn't seem to be the case here.



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