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Date:	Thu, 01 Mar 2012 17:37:37 -0800
From:	Suresh Siddha <>
To:	Venki Pallipadi <>
Cc:	Ingo Molnar <>, Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Thomas Gleixner <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <>,
	Aaron Durbin <>,
	Paul Turner <>,
	Yong Zhang <>,
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Extend mwait idle to optimize away CAL and RES
 interrupts to an idle CPU -v1

On Thu, 2012-03-01 at 17:35 -0800, Venki Pallipadi wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 1, 2012 at 5:28 PM, Suresh Siddha <> wrote:
> > On Thu, 2012-03-01 at 16:33 -0800, Venki Pallipadi wrote:
> >> >
> >> > fork_idle() should also make sure it does not schedule the child
> >> > thread: thus we'd also be able to further simplify smpboot.c and
> >> > get rid of all that extremely ugly 'struct create_idle'
> >> > gymnastics in smpboot.c.
> >>
> >> But not this. I am not sure where fork_idle results in resched of the child.
> >> As I saw it, fork_idle calls init_idle and that sets the affinity of
> >> idle_task to target CPU. So, reschedule should not be a problem. What
> >> am I missing here?
> >
> > I think Ingo is referring to the fact that we can't use kthread_create()
> > here and hence we were relying on fork_idle().
> >
> >> Also, I tried this silly test patch (Cut and paste... Sorry) and it
> >> seemed to work fine both with and without CPU hotplug.
> >>
> >
> > I don't think we can do this today, as we need to make sure we have the
> > correct current context. With dynamic cpu hotplug, current context can
> > be any process and hence we were depending on the schedule_work()
> > context.
> >
> schedule_work() is only done at boot time. In case of dynamic cpu
> hotplug, we skip the whole fork_idle as we already have the task
> struct and just do init_idle().

What happens if we boot with "maxcpus=" and later online the remaining
cpu's? same issue with the physical cpu-online case too right?


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