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

From: Lorenzo Pieralisi
Date: Mon Jul 29 2013 - 13:23:40 EST

On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 02:36:30PM +0100, Dave Martin wrote:
> On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 10:54:01AM +0100, Will Deacon wrote:
> > 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
> In fact, the ARM Architecture doesn't place any requirements on MPIDRs to
> force the aff fields to exist _at all_. It's just a recommendation.
> Instead, you have a 24 or 32-bit number which is unique per CPU, and which
> is _probably_ assigned in a way resembling the aff fields.
> > 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
> > CPU.
> +1
> Also, we should align arm and arm64. The problem is basically exactly
> the same, and the solution needs to be the same. struct cputopo_arm is
> already being abused -- for example, TC2 describes the A15 and A7
> clusters on a single die as having different "socket_id" values, even
> though this is obviously nonsense. But there's no other way to describe
> that system today.
> > Can't we just use the device-tree to represent this topological data for
> > arm64? Lorenzo has been working on bindings in this area.
> This may become more important as we start to see things like asymmetric
> topologies appearing (different numbers of nodes and different
> interdependence characteristics in adjacent branches of the topology
> etc.)

Will and Dave summed up the existing issues with MPIDR definition related to
the topology description.

FYI, a link to the current topology bindings posted on DT-discuss and LAKML:

I am waiting for the dust to settle on the DT bindings review discussions to
repost them and get them finalized.


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