Re: [PATCH] irqchip: gicv3-its: Use NUMA aware memory allocation for ITS tables

From: Shanker Donthineni
Date: Mon Jul 10 2017 - 08:30:59 EST


Do you have any other concerns taking this patch?

On 07/10/2017 05:21 AM, Ganapatrao Kulkarni wrote:
> Hi Marc,
> On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 2:53 PM, Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>> On 10/07/17 10:08, Ganapatrao Kulkarni wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 2:36 PM, Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>> On 10/07/17 09:48, Ganapatrao Kulkarni wrote:
>>>>> Hi Marc,
>>>>> On Mon, Jul 3, 2017 at 8:23 PM, Marc Zyngier <marc.zyngier@xxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>> Hi Shanker,
>>>>>> On 03/07/17 15:24, Shanker Donthineni wrote:
>>>>>>> Hi Marc,
>>>>>>> On 06/30/2017 03:51 AM, Marc Zyngier wrote:
>>>>>>>> On 30/06/17 04:01, Ganapatrao Kulkarni wrote:
>>>>>>>>> On Fri, Jun 30, 2017 at 8:04 AM, Ganapatrao Kulkarni
>>>>>>>>> <gpkulkarni@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>> Hi Shanker,
>>>>>>>>>> On Sun, Jun 25, 2017 at 9:16 PM, Shanker Donthineni
>>>>>>>>>> <shankerd@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>>>>>>>>>>> The NUMA node information is visible to ITS driver but not being used
>>>>>>>>>>> other than handling errata. This patch allocates the memory for ITS
>>>>>>>>>>> tables from the corresponding NUMA node using the appropriate NUMA
>>>>>>>>>>> aware functions.
>>>>>>>>> IMHO, the description would have been more constructive?
>>>>>>>>> "All ITS tables are mapped by default to NODE 0 memory.
>>>>>>>>> Adding changes to allocate memory from respective NUMA NODES of ITS devices.
>>>>>>>>> This will optimize tables access and avoids unnecessary inter-node traffic."
>>>>>>>> But more importantly, I'd like to see figures showing the actual benefit
>>>>>>>> of this per-node allocation. Given that both of you guys have access to
>>>>>>>> such platforms, please show me the numbers!
>>>>>>> I'll share the actual results which shows the improvement whenever
>>>>>>> available on our next chips. Current version of Qualcomm qdf2400 doesn't
>>>>>>> support multi socket configuration to capture results and share with you.
>>>>>>> Do you see any other issues with this patch apart from the performance
>>>>>>> improvements. I strongly believe this brings the noticeable improvement
>>>>>>> in numbers on systems where it has multi node memory/CPU configuration.
>>>>>> I agree that it *could* show an improvement, but it very much depends on
>>>>>> how often the ITS misses in its caches. For this kind of patches, I want
>>>>>> to see two things:
>>>>>> 1) It brings a measurable benefit on NUMA platforms
>>>>> Did some measurement of interrupt response time for LPIs and we don't
>>>>> see any major
>>>>> improvement due to caching of Tables. However, we have seen
>>>>> improvements of around 5%.
>>>> An improvement of what exactly?
>>> interrupt response time.
>> Measured how? On which HW? Using which benchmark?
> This has been tested on ThunderX2.
> We have instrumented gic-v3-its driver code to create dummy LPI device
> with few vectors.
> The LPI is induced from dummy device(through sysfs by writing to
> The ISR routine(gic_handle_irq) being called to handle the induced LPI.
> NODE 1 cpu is used to induce LPI and NODE 1 cpu/collection is mapped
> in ITT to route this LPI.
> CPU timer counter are sampled at the time LPI is Induced and in ISR
> routine to calculate interrupt response time.
> the result shown improvement of 5% with this patch.
> Do you have any recommended benchmarks to test the same?


Thanks for your efforts on instrumenting ITS driver code to show interrupt performance
improvement of 5% on the ThunderX2 hardware. Actually the current ITS driver is not
consistent on allocating memory for ITS/GICR tables, GICR pending tables are allocated
from the corresponding NUMA node based on CPU proximity, but not the other tables.

>> Give me the actual benchmark results. Don't expect me to accept this
>> kind of hand-wavy statement.
>> M.
>> --
>> Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...
> thanks
> Ganapat
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Shanker Donthineni
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