Re: [RFC workqueue/driver-core PATCH 1/5] workqueue: Provide queue_work_near to queue work near a given NUMA node

From: Alexander Duyck
Date: Wed Sep 26 2018 - 18:19:24 EST

On 9/26/2018 3:09 PM, Tejun Heo wrote:

On Wed, Sep 26, 2018 at 03:05:17PM -0700, Alexander Duyck wrote:
I am using unbound workqueues. However there isn't an interface that
exposes the NUMA bits of them directly. All I am doing with this
patch is adding "queue_work_near" which takes a NUMA node as an
argument and then copies the logic of "queue_work_on" with the
exception that I am doing a check to verify that there is an
intersection between wq_unbound_cpumask and the cpumask of the node,
and then passing a CPU from that intersection into "__queue_work".

Can it just take a cpu id and not feed that to __queue_work()? That
looks like a lot of extra logic.


I could just use queue_work_on probably, but is there any issue if I am passing CPU values that are not in the wq_unbound_cpumask? That was mostly my concern. Also for an unbound queue do I need to worry about the hotplug lock? I wasn't sure if that was the case or not as I know it is called out as something to be concerned with using queue_work_on, but in __queue_work the value is just used to determine which node to grab a work queue from.

I forgot to address your question about the advantages. They are pretty significant. The test system I was working with was initializing 3TB of nvdimm memory per node. If the node is aligned it takes something like 24 seconds, whereas an unaligned core can take 36 seconds or more.


- Alex