Re: [PATCH v3 4/4] nmi_backtrace: generate one-line reports for idle cpus
From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Tue Mar 22 2016 - 18:25:57 EST
On Tuesday, March 22, 2016 06:30:05 PM Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 22, 2016 at 01:19:39PM -0400, Chris Metcalf wrote:
> > When doing an nmi backtrace of many cores, most of which are idle,
> > the output is a little overwhelming and very uninformative. Suppress
> > messages for cpus that are idling when they are interrupted and just
> > emit one line, "NMI backtrace for N skipped: idling at pc 0xNNN".
> > We do this by grouping all the cpuidle code together into a new
> > .cpuidle.text section, and then checking the address of the
> > interrupted PC to see if it lies within that section.
> > This commit suitably tags x86, arm64, and tile idle routines,
> > and only adds in the minimal framework for other architectures.
> > Acked-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Tested-by: Peter Zijlstra (Intel) <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
> > Signed-off-by: Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> For some reason I found a few CPUs using poll_idle().
> Rafael, when and why would that ever get selected as a useful idle
> state? When the predicted idle time is so short even C1 isn't worth it?
Yes, that's the case.