Re: [PATCH 5/5] cpumask: reduce cpumask_size

From: Rusty Russell
Date: Mon Jun 28 2010 - 06:27:55 EST

On Mon, 28 Jun 2010 12:42:23 pm KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> > Now we're sure noone is using old cpumask operators, nor *cpumask, we can
> > allocate less bits safely. This reduces the memory usage of off-stack
> > cpumasks when CONFIG_CPUMASK_OFFSTACK=y but we don't have NR_CPUS actual
> > cpus.
> I have to say I'm sorry. Probably I broke your assumption.
> If this patch applied, we reintroduce exposing nr_cpu_ids issue and
> break libnuma again. I think following change is necessary too.
> Or, Am I missing something?

I cc'd you because I remembered you being involved in that libnuma issue
and couldn't remember the details.

Unfortunately, this solution doesn't work:

> diff --git a/kernel/sched.c b/kernel/sched.c
> index 18faf4d..c14acad 100644
> --- a/kernel/sched.c
> +++ b/kernel/sched.c
> @@ -4823,7 +4823,9 @@ SYSCALL_DEFINE3(sched_getaffinity, pid_t, pid, unsigned int, len,
> ret = sched_getaffinity(pid, mask);
> if (ret == 0) {
> - size_t retlen = min_t(size_t, len, cpumask_size());
> + size_t retlen = min_t(size_t, len,
> + BITS_TO_LONGS(NR_CPUS) * sizeof(long));

Since mask is a cpumask_var_t, only cpumask_size() is allocated. We can't
copy NR_CPUS bits.

But I think it's OK, anyway. libnuma is broken because it gets upset if the
number of cpus it reads from /sys/.../cpumap is more than the cpumask size
returned from sys_sched_getaffinity.

Currently, getaffinity returns cpumask_size() (ie. based on NR_CPUS), and
the printing routines use nr_cpumask_bits (ie. based on NR_CPUS for

(libnuma is OK on CONFIG_CPUMASK_OFFSTACK=y because the sysfs output is
*shorter* than expected. I checked the code).

With this patch, cpumask_size() becomes based on nr_cpumask_bits, so both
getaffinity and sysfs are using the same basis.

Do you agree?
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