[PATCH V3 01/14] blk-mq: add blk_mq_max_nr_hw_queues()

Hari Bathini hbathini at linux.ibm.com
Fri Aug 11 17:53:05 AEST 2023

On 10/08/23 8:31 am, Baoquan He wrote:
> On 08/10/23 at 10:06am, Ming Lei wrote:
>> On Thu, Aug 10, 2023 at 09:18:27AM +0800, Baoquan He wrote:
>>> On 08/10/23 at 08:09am, Ming Lei wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Aug 09, 2023 at 03:44:01PM +0200, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>>>>> I'm starting to sound like a broken record, but we can't just do random
>>>>> is_kdump checks, and it's not going to get better by resending it again and
>>>>> again.  If kdump kernels limit the number of possible CPUs, it needs to
>>>>> reflected in cpu_possible_map and we need to use that information.
>>>> Can you look at previous kdump/arch guys' comment about kdump usage &
>>>> num_possible_cpus?
>>>>      https://lore.kernel.org/linux-block/CAF+s44RuqswbosY9kMDx35crviQnxOeuvgNsuE75Bb0Y2Jg2uw@mail.gmail.com/
>>>>      https://lore.kernel.org/linux-block/ZKz912KyFQ7q9qwL@MiWiFi-R3L-srv/
>>>> The point is that kdump kernels does not limit the number of possible CPUs.
>>>> 1) some archs support 'nr_cpus=1' for kdump kernel, which is fine, since
>>>> num_possible_cpus becomes 1.
>>> Yes, "nr_cpus=" is strongly suggested in kdump kernel because "nr_cpus="
>>> limits the possible cpu numbers, while "maxcpuss=" only limits the cpu
>>> number which can be brought up during bootup. We noticed this diference
>>> because a large number of possible cpus will cost more memory in kdump
>>> kernel. e.g percpu initialization, even though kdump kernel have set
>>> "maxcpus=1".
>>> Currently x86 and arm64 all support "nr_cpus=". Pingfan ever spent much
>>> effort to make patches to add "nr_cpus=" support to ppc64, seems ppc64
>>> dev and maintainers do not care about it. Finally the patches are not
>>> accepted, and the work is not continued.
>>> Now, I am wondering what is the barrier to add "nr_cpus=" to power ach.
>>> Can we reconsider adding 'nr_cpus=' to power arch since real issue
>>> occurred in kdump kernel?
>> If 'nr_cpus=' can be supported on ppc64, this patchset isn't needed.
>>> As for this patchset, it can be accpeted so that no failure in kdump
>>> kernel is seen on ARCHes w/o "nr_cpus=" support? My personal opinion.
>> IMO 'nr_cpus=' support should be preferred, given it is annoying to
>> maintain two kinds of implementation for kdump kernel from driver
>> viewpoint. I guess kdump things can be simplified too with supporting
>> 'nr_cpus=' only.
> Yes, 'nr_cpus=' is ideal. Not sure if there's some underlying concerns so
> that power people decided to not support it.

Though "nr_cpus=1" is an ideal solution, maintainer was not happy with
the patch as the code changes have impact for regular boot path and
it is likely to cause breakages. So, even if "nr_cpus=1" support for
ppc64 is revived, the change is going to take time to be accepted

Also, I see is_kdump_kernel() being used irrespective of "nr_cpus=1"
support for other optimizations in the driver for the special dump
capture environment kdump is.

If there is no other downside for driver code, to use is_kdump_kernel(),
other than the maintainability aspect, I think the above changes are
worth considering.


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