Re: [GIT PULL V2] Changes for 4.8

From: Linus Torvalds
Date: Wed Jul 27 2016 - 13:03:39 EST

On Tue, Jul 26, 2016 at 8:59 PM, Juergen Gross <jgross@xxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Support calling functions on dedicated physical cpu
> Some hardware (e.g. Dell Studio laptops) require special functions to
> be called on physical cpu 0 in order to avoid occasional hangs. When
> running as dom0 under Xen this could be achieved only via special boot
> parameters (vcpu pinning) limiting the hypervisor in it's scheduling
> decisions.
> This patch series is adding a generic function to be able to temporarily
> pin a (virtual) cpu to a dedicated physical cpu for executing above
> mentioned functions on that specific cpu. The drivers (dcdbas and i8k)
> requiring this functionality are modified accordingly.
> Unfortunately 2 of the 6 patches got no Acks as the maintainers didn't
> react in spite of multiple pings and resends. The core modification in
> the scheduler got an Ack from Peter and multiple tests showed no
> regressions.
> As the series is touching multiple subsystems I couldn't find anyone
> willing to take the series via his tree (I tried Ingo, Thomas, Peter).

Thanks, this explanation was exactly what I was looking for.

I'm still at two minds whether I'd prefer this kind of thing to come
in through the x86 maintainers, or possibly the virtualization people
who would actually use this. Or whether I'll just take it directly.

I will take another look later when I've gotten rid of the big initial
flood of pull requests.