[PATCH 2/2] nohz: Assert existing housekeepers when nohz full enabled

From: Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Tue Sep 01 2015 - 10:51:53 EST

The code ensures that when nohz full is running, at least the boot CPU
serves as a housekeeper and it can't be later offlined.

Let's assert this assumption to make sure that we have CPUs to handle
unbound jobs like workqueues and timers while nohz full CPUs run

Also improve the comments on housekeeper offlining prevention.

Cc: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Vatika Harlalka <vatikaharlalka@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Chris Metcalf <cmetcalf@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Preeti U Murthy <preeti@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Paul E . McKenney <paulmck@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Signed-off-by: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx>
kernel/time/tick-sched.c | 15 +++++++++++----
1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
index 3319e16..7c7ec45 100644
--- a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
+++ b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
@@ -290,16 +290,17 @@ static int __init tick_nohz_full_setup(char *str)
__setup("nohz_full=", tick_nohz_full_setup);

static int tick_nohz_cpu_down_callback(struct notifier_block *nfb,
- unsigned long action,
- void *hcpu)
+ unsigned long action,
+ void *hcpu)
unsigned int cpu = (unsigned long)hcpu;

switch (action & ~CPU_TASKS_FROZEN) {
- * If we handle the timekeeping duty for full dynticks CPUs,
- * we can't safely shutdown that CPU.
+ * The boot CPU handles housekeeping duty (unbound timers,
+ * workqueues, timekeeping, ...) on behalf of full dynticks
+ * CPUs. It must remain online when nohz full is enabled.
if (tick_nohz_full_running && tick_do_timer_cpu == cpu)
return NOTIFY_BAD;
@@ -370,6 +371,12 @@ void __init tick_nohz_init(void)
cpu_notifier(tick_nohz_cpu_down_callback, 0);
pr_info("NO_HZ: Full dynticks CPUs: %*pbl.\n",
+ /*
+ * We need at least one CPU to handle housekeeping work such
+ * as timekeeping, unbound timers, workqueues, ...
+ */
+ WARN_ON_ONCE(cpumask_empty(housekeeping_mask));


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