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Date:   Mon, 7 Jun 2021 15:33:02 +0800
From:   Shung-Hsi Yu <>
Cc:     Thomas Gleixner <>,
        Peter Zijlstra <>,
        Jesse Brandeburg <>,
        Nitesh Lal <>
Subject: [RFC] genirq: Add effective CPU index retrieving interface

Most driver's IRQ spreading scheme is naive compared to the IRQ spreading
scheme introduced since IRQ subsystem rework, so it better to rely
request_irq() to spread IRQ out.

However, drivers that care about performance enough also tends to try
allocating memory on the same NUMA node on which the IRQ handler will run.
For such driver to rely on request_irq() for IRQ spreading, we also need to
provide an interface to retrieve the CPU index after calling request_irq().

This should be the last missing piece of puzzle that allows removal of
calls to irq_set_affinity_hint() that were actually intended to spread out

Signed-off-by: Shung-Hsi Yu <>

I've ask previously in another thread[1], but there doesn't seem to be one,
so hence this patch.

I apologize if there's anything glaringly wrong, it's my 1st time trying to
send a patch that deals with driver interface. Just let me know, and I'll
get it fixed.

Also, there's probably better a name for the interface but I can't think of


 include/linux/interrupt.h |  1 +
 kernel/irq/manage.c       | 17 +++++++++++++++++
 2 files changed, 18 insertions(+)

diff --git a/include/linux/interrupt.h b/include/linux/interrupt.h
index 2ed65b01c961..b67621ccde35 100644
--- a/include/linux/interrupt.h
+++ b/include/linux/interrupt.h
@@ -324,6 +324,7 @@ extern cpumask_var_t irq_default_affinity;
 extern int irq_set_affinity(unsigned int irq, const struct cpumask *cpumask);
 extern int irq_force_affinity(unsigned int irq, const struct cpumask *cpumask);
+extern int irq_get_effective_cpu(unsigned int irq);
 extern int irq_can_set_affinity(unsigned int irq);
 extern int irq_select_affinity(unsigned int irq);
diff --git a/kernel/irq/manage.c b/kernel/irq/manage.c
index ef30b4762947..5e2a722c5d93 100644
--- a/kernel/irq/manage.c
+++ b/kernel/irq/manage.c
@@ -487,6 +487,23 @@ int irq_force_affinity(unsigned int irq, const struct cpumask *cpumask)
+ * irq_get_effective_cpu - Retrieve the effective CPU index
+ * @irq:	Target interrupt to retrieve effective CPU index
+ *
+ * When the effective affinity cpumask has multiple CPU toggled, it just
+ * returns the first CPU in the cpumask.
+ */
+int irq_get_effective_cpu(unsigned int irq)
+	struct irq_data *data = irq_get_irq_data(irq);
+	struct cpumask *m;
+	m = irq_data_get_effective_affinity_mask(data);
+	return cpumask_first(m);
 int irq_set_affinity_hint(unsigned int irq, const struct cpumask *m)
 	unsigned long flags;

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