Re: [RFC PATCH] arm64: cpuinfo: reduce cache contention on update_{feature}_support

From: Yury Norov
Date: Fri Sep 04 2015 - 15:53:02 EST

On Fri, Sep 04, 2015 at 05:40:57PM +0100, Suzuki K. Poulose wrote:
> On 04/09/15 17:04, Yury Norov wrote:
> >This patch is on top of
> >
> >In master, there's only a single function -
> > update_mixed_endian_el0_support
> >And similar function is on review mentioned above.
> >
> >The algorithm for them is like this:
> > - there's system-wide boolean marker for the feature that is
> > initially enabled;
> > - there's also updater for the feature that may disable it
> > system-widely if feature is not supported on current CPU.
> > - updater is called for each CPU on bootup.
> >
> >The problem is the way updater does its work. On each CPU, it
> >unconditionally updates system-wide marker. For multi-core
> >system it makes CPU issue invalidate message for a cache
> >line containing marker. This invalidate increases cache
> >contention for nothing, because there's a single marker reset
> >that is really needed, and the others are useless.
> >
> >If the number of system-wide markers of this sort will grow,
> >it may become a trouble on large-scale SOCs. The fix is trivial,
> >though: do system-wide marker update conditionally, and preserve
> >corresponding cache line in shared state for all update() calls,
> >except, probably, one.
> As I have mentioned already, this patch (and the per feature functions)
> won't be needed once we merge my series (which is waiting for the merge
> window to see the public lights)

OK. Than waiting for your patchset.


> Cheers
> Suzuki
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