Re: [RFD] CAT user space interface revisited

From: Luiz Capitulino
Date: Wed Nov 18 2015 - 14:38:30 EST

On Wed, 18 Nov 2015 19:25:03 +0100 (CET)
Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> We really need to make this as configurable as possible from userspace
> without imposing random restrictions to it. I played around with it on
> my new intel toy and the restriction to 16 COS ids (that's 8 with CDP
> enabled) makes it really useless if we force the ids to have the same
> meaning on all sockets and restrict it to per task partitioning.
> Even if next generation systems will have more COS ids available,
> there are not going to be enough to have a system wide consistent
> view unless we have COS ids > nr_cpus.
> Aside of that I don't think that a system wide consistent view is
> useful at all.

This is a great writeup! I agree with everything you said.

> So now to the interface part. Unfortunately we need to expose this
> very close to the hardware implementation as there are really no
> abstractions which allow us to express the various bitmap
> combinations. Any abstraction I tried to come up with renders that
> thing completely useless.
> I was not able to identify any existing infrastructure where this
> really fits in. I chose a directory/file based representation. We
> certainly could do the same with a syscall, but that's just an
> implementation detail.
> At top level:
> xxxxxxx/cat/max_cosids <- Assume that all CPUs are the same
> xxxxxxx/cat/max_maskbits <- Assume that all CPUs are the same
> xxxxxxx/cat/cdp_enable <- Depends on CDP availability
> Per socket data:
> xxxxxxx/cat/socket-0/
> ...
> xxxxxxx/cat/socket-N/l3_size
> xxxxxxx/cat/socket-N/hwsharedbits
> Per socket mask data:
> xxxxxxx/cat/socket-N/cos-id-0/
> ...
> xxxxxxx/cat/socket-N/cos-id-N/inuse
> /cat_mask
> /cdp_mask <- Data mask if CDP enabled
> Per cpu default cos id for the cpus on that socket:
> xxxxxxx/cat/socket-N/cpu-x/default_cosid
> ...
> xxxxxxx/cat/socket-N/cpu-N/default_cosid
> The above allows a simple cpu based partitioning. All tasks which do
> not have a cache partition assigned on a particular socket use the
> default one of the cpu they are running on.
> Now for the task(s) partitioning:
> xxxxxxx/cat/partitions/
> Under that directory one can create partitions
> xxxxxxx/cat/partitions/p1/tasks
> /socket-0/cosid
> ...
> /socket-n/cosid
> The default value for the per socket cosid is COSID_DEFAULT, which
> causes the task(s) to use the per cpu default id.

I hope I've got all the details right, but this proposal looks awesome.
There's more people who seem to agree with something like this.

Btw, I think it should be possible to implement this with cgroups. But
I too don't care that much on cgroups vs. syscalls.
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