Re: [PATCH tip/core/rcu 11/17] rcu: Bind grace-period kthreads to non-NO_HZ_FULL CPUs

From: Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Fri Jul 11 2014 - 15:11:31 EST

On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 02:05:08PM -0500, Christoph Lameter wrote:
> On Fri, 11 Jul 2014, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > > That would imply that all no-nohz processors are housekeeping? So all
> > > processors with a tick are housekeeping?
> >
> > Well, now that I think about it again, I would really like to keep housekeeping
> > to CPU 0 when nohz_full= is passed.
> Yeah.
> > > Could we make that set configurable? Ideally I'd like to have the ability
> > > restrict the housekeeping to one processor.
> >
> > Ah, I'm curious about your usecase. But I think we can do that. And we should.
> The use case is pretty straightforward because we are trying to keep as
> much OS noise as possible off most processors. Processor 0 is the
> sacrificial lamb that will be used for all OS processing and hopefully all
> high latency operations will occur there. Processors 1-X have a tick but
> we still try to keep latencies sane. And then there is X-Y where tick is
> off.

Ok. I don't entirely get why you need 1-X but I can easily imagine some non-latency-critical
stuff running there.

Paul proposed "housekeeping=". If we ever go there, I'd rather vote for "sacrifical_lamb="
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