Re: [RFC][PATCH 1/2] ARM64: add cpu topology definition

From: Will Deacon
Date: Mon Jul 29 2013 - 05:54:14 EST

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:46:06AM +0100, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> On 27 July 2013 12:42, Hanjun Guo <hanjun.guo@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Power aware scheduling needs the cpu topology information to improve the
> > cpu scheduler decision making.
> It's not only power aware scheduling. The scheduler already uses
> topology and cache sharing when CONFIG_SCHED_MC and/or
> CONFIG_SCHED_SMT are enable. So you should also add these configs for
> arm64 so the scheduler can use it

... except that the architecture doesn't define what the AFF fields in MPIDR
really represent. Using them to make key scheduling decisions relating to
cache proximity seems pretty risky to me, especially given the track record
we've seen already on AArch32 silicon. It's a convenient register if it
contains the data we want it to contain, but we need to force ourselves to
come to terms with reality here and simply use it as an identifier for a

Can't we just use the device-tree to represent this topological data for
arm64? Lorenzo has been working on bindings in this area.

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