Re: 48GB NUMA-Q boots, with major IO-APIC hassles

From: William Lee Irwin III (
Date: Sat Jan 18 2003 - 22:08:40 EST

On Sat, Jan 18, 2003 at 09:32:22PM -0500, Zwane Mwaikambo wrote:
>> You'll drop irqs when you have collisions with devices
>> attached to other busses/ioapics

On Sat, Jan 18, 2003 at 06:55:14PM -0800, William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> Those aren't reachable anyway. Any given IO-APIC can only reach
> devices within its own node. The only possible issue is the priority
> class bounded-depth queueing issue (max of 2 or 3 pending) which I've
> decided to ignore until something closer to working materializes.

Clarification: each node has its own APIC bus, and only logical DESTMOD
RTE's can interrupt cpus on remote nodes. The invariant of "any given
IO-APIC can only interrupt cpus on the same node" comes from the fact
that the RTE destinations s are programmed for physical broadcast, which
by definition cannot reach any further than the local node / APIC bus.

Essentially, because only interrupts with logical destinations are
routed by the cluster controllers, the guarantee of local-only
interruption is provided by using physical destinations in RTE's.

The net result is that so long as there are no vector clashes within a
given node, the software interrupt number is uniquely determined by the
vector and the node the interrupt was received on. And it is always
possible to assign unique vectors within a node as there are 190 vectors
and only 48 IO-APIC RTE's/pins.

All good? No more IDT overwriting and/or cross-node interrupt number
sharing concerns?

-- wli
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