From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Thu Sep 08 2016 - 03:46:11 EST

On Wed, Sep 07, 2016 at 07:44:17AM -0400, Prarit Bhargava wrote:
> The information in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpuX/topology
> directory is useful for userspace monitoring applications and in-tree
> utilities like cpupower & turbostat.
> When down'ing a CPU the /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpuX/topology directory is
> removed during the CPU_DEAD hotplug callback in the kernel. The problem
> with this model is that the CPU has not been physically removed and the
> data in the topology directory is still valid and the cpu's location is
> now lost to userspace.
> This patch adds CONFIG_PERMANENT_CPU_TOPOLOGY, and is Y by default for
> x86, an N for all other arches. When enabled the kernel is modified so
> that the topology directory is added to the core cpu sysfs files so that
> the topology directory exists while the CPU is physically present. When
> disabled, the behavior of the current kernel is maintained (that is, the
> topology directory is removed on a soft down and added on an soft up).
> Adding CONFIG_PERMANENT_CPU_TOPOLOGY may require additional architecture
> so that the cpumask data the CPU's topology is not cleared during a CPU
> down.

So how do you physically remove things and how does the information then
get removed?

Also, why is that an x86 only feature?