Re: [PATCH] arch/tile: add /proc/tile, /proc/sys/tile, and a sysfscpu attribute

From: Chris Metcalf
Date: Fri May 20 2011 - 10:27:09 EST

On 5/19/2011 11:22 AM, Arnd Bergmann wrote:
> On Thursday 19 May 2011, Chris Metcalf wrote:
>>>> /proc/tile/board
>>>> Information on part numbers, serial numbers, etc., of the
>>>> hardware that the kernel is executing on
>>>> /proc/tile/switch
>>>> The type of control path for the onboard network switch, if any.
>> These two report information about the hardware, not the hypervisor. For
>> example:
>> # cat /proc/tile/board
>> board_part: 402-00002-05
>> board_serial: NBS-5002-00012
>> chip_serial: P62338.01.110
>> chip_revision: A0
>> board_revision: 2.2
>> board_description: Tilera TILExpressPro-64, TILEPro64 processor (866 MHz-capable), 1 10GbE, 6 1GbE
>> # cat /proc/tile/switch
>> control: mdio gbe/0
> I think it's ok to have it below /sys/hypervisor, because the information
> is provided through a hypervisor ABI, even though it describes something
> else. This is more like /sys/firmware, but the boundaries between that
> and /sys/hypervisor are not clearly defined when running virtualized anyway.

I'll create a /sys/hypervisor/board/ and report the attributes there.

>>>> /proc/tile/hardwall
>>>> Information on the set of currently active hardwalls (note that
>>>> the implementation is already present in arch/tile/kernel/hardwall.c;
>>>> this change just enables it)
>> This one is not a hypervisor-related file. It just lists information about
>> the set of Linux hardwalls currently active. Again, it's not primarily
>> intended for programmatic use, but as a diagnostic tool.
> same here, I'd still put it into the hypervisor structure.

Since /proc/tile/hardwall has no connection to the hypervisor whatsoever,
I'm reluctant to put it under /sys/hypervisor.

Perhaps in this case it would be reasonable to just have the hardwall
subsystem put the file in /proc/driver/hardwall, or even /proc/hardwall?
Or I could make the /dev/hardwall char device dump out the ASCII text that
we currently get from /proc/hardwall if you read from it, which is a little
weird but not inconceivable. For example it currently shows things like this:

# cat /proc/tile/hardwall
2x2 1,1 pids: 484@2,1 479@1,1
2x2 0,3 pids:

In this example "2x2 1,1" is a 2x2 grid of cpus starting at grid (x,y)
position (1,1), with task 484 bound to the cpu at (x,y) position (2,1).

Chris Metcalf, Tilera Corp.

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