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Date:   Mon, 19 Oct 2020 13:11:37 +0200
From:   Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>
To:     Nitesh Narayan Lal <nitesh@...hat.com>
Cc:     linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, netdev@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-pci@...r.kernel.org, intel-wired-lan@...ts.osuosl.org,
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        jacob.e.keller@...el.com, jlelli@...hat.com, hch@...radead.org,
        bhelgaas@...gle.com, mike.marciniszyn@...el.com,
        dennis.dalessandro@...el.com, thomas.lendacky@....com,
        jiri@...dia.com, mingo@...hat.com, juri.lelli@...hat.com,
        vincent.guittot@...aro.org, lgoncalv@...hat.com
Subject: Re: [PATCH v4 4/4] PCI: Limit pci_alloc_irq_vectors() to
 housekeeping CPUs

On Sun, Oct 18, 2020 at 02:14:46PM -0400, Nitesh Narayan Lal wrote:
> >> +	hk_cpus = housekeeping_num_online_cpus(HK_FLAG_MANAGED_IRQ);
> >> +
> >> +	/*
> >> +	 * If we have isolated CPUs for use by real-time tasks, to keep the
> >> +	 * latency overhead to a minimum, device-specific IRQ vectors are moved
> >> +	 * to the housekeeping CPUs from the userspace by changing their
> >> +	 * affinity mask. Limit the vector usage to keep housekeeping CPUs from
> >> +	 * running out of IRQ vectors.
> >> +	 */
> >> +	if (hk_cpus < num_online_cpus()) {
> >> +		if (hk_cpus < min_vecs)
> >> +			max_vecs = min_vecs;
> >> +		else if (hk_cpus < max_vecs)
> >> +			max_vecs = hk_cpus;
> > is that:
> >
> > 		max_vecs = clamp(hk_cpus, min_vecs, max_vecs);
> 
> Yes, I think this will do.
> 
> >
> > Also, do we really need to have that conditional on hk_cpus <
> > num_online_cpus()? That is, why can't we do this unconditionally?
> 
> FWIU most of the drivers using this API already restricts the number of
> vectors based on the num_online_cpus, if we do it unconditionally we can
> unnecessary duplicate the restriction for cases where we don't have any
> isolated CPUs.

unnecessary isn't really a concern here, this is a slow path. What's
important is code clarity.

> Also, different driver seems to take different factors into consideration
> along with num_online_cpus while finding the max_vecs to request, for
> example in the case of mlx5:
> MLX5_CAP_GEN(dev, num_ports) * num_online_cpus() +
>                MLX5_EQ_VEC_COMP_BASE
> 
> Having hk_cpus < num_online_cpus() helps us ensure that we are only
> changing the behavior when we have isolated CPUs.
> 
> Does that make sense?

That seems to want to allocate N interrupts per cpu (plus some random
static amount, which seems weird, but whatever). This patch breaks that.

So I think it is important to figure out what that driver really wants
in the nohz_full case. If it wants to retain N interrupts per CPU, and
only reduce the number of CPUs, the proposed interface is wrong.

> > And what are the (desired) semantics vs hotplug? Using a cpumask without
> > excluding hotplug is racy.
> 
> The housekeeping_mask should still remain constant, isn't?
> In any case, I can double check this.

The goal is very much to have that dynamically configurable.

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