Re: [Patch v4] mm/vmscan.c: remove cpu online notification for now

From: Andrew Morton
Date: Wed Feb 19 2020 - 15:08:15 EST

On Wed, 19 Feb 2020 06:44:22 +0800 Wei Yang <richardw.yang@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> kswapd kernel thread starts either with a CPU affinity set to the full
> cpu mask of its target node or without any affinity at all if the node
> is CPUless. There is a cpu hotplug callback (kswapd_cpu_online) that
> implements an elaborate way to update this mask when a cpu is onlined.
> It is not really clear whether there is any actual benefit from this
> scheme. Completely CPU-less NUMA nodes rarely gain a new CPU during
> runtime.

This is the case across all platforms, all architectures, all users for
the next N years? I'm surprised that we know this with sufficient
confidence. Can you explain how you came to make this assertion?

> Drop the code for that reason. If there is a real usecase then
> we can resurrect and simplify the code.