[PATCH v3 0/9] Introduce SMT level and add PowerPC support

Sachin Sant sachinp at linux.ibm.com
Fri Jun 30 23:32:32 AEST 2023

> On 29-Jun-2023, at 8:01 PM, Laurent Dufour <ldufour at linux.ibm.com> wrote:
> I'm taking over the series Michael sent previously [1] which is smartly
> reviewing the initial series I sent [2].  This series is addressing the
> comments sent by Thomas and me on the Michael's one.
> Here is a short introduction to the issue this series is addressing:
> When a new CPU is added, the kernel is activating all its threads. This
> leads to weird, but functional, result when adding CPU on a SMT 4 system
> for instance.
> Here the newly added CPU 1 has 8 threads while the other one has 4 threads
> active (system has been booted with the 'smt-enabled=4' kernel option):
> ltcden3-lp12:~ # ppc64_cpu --info
> Core   0:    0*    1*    2*    3*    4     5     6     7
> Core   1:    8*    9*   10*   11*   12*   13*   14*   15*
> This mixed SMT level may confused end users and/or some applications.
> There is no SMT level recorded in the kernel (common code), neither in user
> space, as far as I know. Such a level is helpful when adding new CPU or
> when optimizing the energy efficiency (when reactivating CPUs).
> When SMP and HOTPLUG_SMT are defined, this series is adding a new SMT level
> (cpu_smt_num_threads) and few callbacks allowing the architecture code to
> fine control this value, setting a max and a "at boot" level, and
> controling whether a thread should be onlined or not.
> v3:
>  Fix a build error in the patch 6/9

Successfully tested the V3 version on a Power10 LPAR. Add/remove of
processor core worked correctly, preserving the SMT level (on a kernel
booted with smt-enabled= parameter)

Laurent (Thanks!) also provided a patch to update the ppc64_cpu &
lparstat utility. With patched ppc64_cpu utility verified that SMT level
changed at runtime was preserved across processor core add (on
a kernel booted without smt-enabled= parameter)

Based on these test results

Tested-by: Sachin Sant <sachinp at linux.ibm.com>

- Sachin

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