Re: [PATCH 4/4] nohz: Set isolcpus when nohz_full is set

From: Gene Heskett
Date: Fri Apr 24 2015 - 16:15:26 EST

On Friday 24 April 2015 11:58:31 Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> From: Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf@xxxxxxxxxx>
> nohz_full is only useful with isolcpus also set, since otherwise the
> scheduler has to run periodically to try to determine whether to steal
> work from other cores.
> Accordingly, when booting with nohz_full=xxx on the command line, we
> should act as if isolcpus=xxx was also set, and set (or extend) the
> isolcpus set to include the nohz_full cpus.
> Acked-by: Mike Galbraith <umgwanakikbuti@xxxxxxxxx> ["thumbs up!"]
> Acked-by: Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Acked-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Rafael J. Wysocki <rafael.j.wysocki@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Martin Schwidefsky <schwidefsky@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Mike Galbraith <umgwanakikbuti@xxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx>
> Signed-off-by: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx>

As a user of LinuxCNC, we expect the core(s) so isolated by the isolcpus
argument at bootup time to remain undisturbed in order to preserve the
I/O updates heartbeat latency at the absolute minimum that board and cpu
combo can accomplish.

If this patch changes that behaviour such that the isolated core is
grabbed for another job while the RTAI bits and pieces are loaded and
running machinery, causing the machinery to lose this steady, possibly
as little as a 20 microsecond period repeating operation heartbeat, this
will quite effectively destroy our ability to run this software on linux
without farming that whole operation out to intelligent I/O cards.

Please keep this in mind. I don't read the patch well enough to
determine this myself.

> ---
> kernel/sched/core.c | 3 +++
> 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
> diff --git a/kernel/sched/core.c b/kernel/sched/core.c
> index 6f149f8..e95b4d8 100644
> --- a/kernel/sched/core.c
> +++ b/kernel/sched/core.c
> @@ -7042,6 +7042,9 @@ void __init sched_init_smp(void)
> alloc_cpumask_var(&non_isolated_cpus, GFP_KERNEL);
> alloc_cpumask_var(&fallback_doms, GFP_KERNEL);
> + /* nohz_full won't take effect without isolating the cpus. */
> + tick_nohz_full_add_cpus_to(cpu_isolated_map);
> +
> sched_init_numa();
> /*

Cheers, Gene Heskett
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