Re: IRQ affinities

From: Paul Jackson
Date: Wed May 21 2008 - 02:34:35 EST

Max wrote:
> What I realized now is that all I need is
> /proc/irq/default_smp_affinity.

I suspect that something like you're proposing to do here will answer
your needs, to "tell the kernel to not route IRQs to certain CPUs."

I suspect that other folks will have some additional needs, that perhaps
my idea of May 9, 2008:

How about this. We add two files to each cpuset:

irq_affinity_include # IRQs to direct to CPUs in this cpuset
irq_affinity_exclude # IRQs -not- to direct to these CPUs

where irq_affinity_exclude overrides irq_affinity_include.

could meet.

It makes sense to me to deal with your "default_smp_affinity" patch
first, and then come back around and see what remains to be done, and
how to do it, perhaps with additional cpuset based mechanisms such as
the above two irq_affinity_* IRQ masks.

> I'm in the process of making a patch for exposing default affinity mask.

Peter, et al: how does Max's planned "default_smp_affinity" patch sound
to you, as the next step we take on this?

I won't rest till it's the best ...
Programmer, Linux Scalability
Paul Jackson <pj@xxxxxxx> 1.940.382.4214
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