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Date:	Mon, 30 Nov 2009 09:24:02 -0800
From:	Peter P Waskiewicz Jr <peter.p.waskiewicz.jr@...el.com>
To:	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>
Cc:	David Miller <davem@...emloft.net>,
	"linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org" <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	"arjan@...ux.jf.intel.com" <arjan@...ux.jf.intel.com>,
	"mingo@...e.hu" <mingo@...e.hu>,
	"yong.zhang0@...il.com" <yong.zhang0@...il.com>,
	"netdev@...r.kernel.org" <netdev@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2] irq: Add node_affinity CPU masks for smarter
 irqbalance hints

On Tue, 2009-11-24 at 14:23 -0800, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Tue, 24 Nov 2009, Peter P Waskiewicz Jr wrote:
> > On Tue, 2009-11-24 at 13:56 -0800, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > On Tue, 24 Nov 2009, David Miller wrote:
> > > 
> > > > From: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>
> > > > Date: Tue, 24 Nov 2009 12:07:35 +0100 (CET)
> > > > 
> > > > > And what does the kernel do with this information and why are we not
> > > > > using the existing device/numa_node information ?
> > > > 
> > > > It's a different problem space Thomas.
> > > > 
> > > > If the device lives on NUMA node X, we still end up wanting to
> > > > allocate memory resources (RX ring buffers) on other NUMA nodes on a
> > > > per-queue basis.
> > > > 
> > > > Otherwise a network card's forwarding performance is limited by the
> > > > memory bandwidth of a single NUMA node, and on a multiqueue cards we
> > > > therefore fare much better by allocating each device RX queue's memory
> > > > resources on a different NUMA node.
> > > > 
> > > > It is this NUMA usage that PJ is trying to export somehow to userspace
> > > > so that irqbalanced and friends can choose the IRQ cpu masks more
> > > > intelligently.
> > > 
> > > So you need a preferred irq mask information on a per IRQ basis and
> > > that mask is not restricted to the CPUs of a single NUMA node, right ?
> > > 
> > Just to clarify, I need a preferred CPU mask on a per IRQ basis.  And
> > yes, that mask may not be restricted to the CPUs of a single NUMA node.
> > But in the normal case, the mask will be restricted to CPUs of a single
> > node.
> 
> Right, but the normal case does not help much if we need to consider
> the special case of multiple nodes affected which requires another
> cpumask in irq_desc. That's what I really want to avoid.
> 
> I at least understand the exact problem you guys want to solve. Will
> think more about it.
> 

Just a friendly ping Thomas.  Any progress on your thinking about this
proposal?

Cheers,
-PJ

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