Re: [PATCH] Correct nr_processes() when CPUs have been unplugged

From: Christoph Lameter
Date: Wed Nov 04 2009 - 14:38:27 EST

On Tue, 3 Nov 2009, Paul E. McKenney wrote:

> > Cpu hotplug is rarely used (what you listed are rare and unusual cases)
> > and therefore online cpus == possible cpus == present cpus.
> Though it is not unusual for "possible cpus" to be quite a bit larger
> than "online cpus"...

The only reason for possible cpus to be larger than online cpus is if you
can actually plugin more processors while the system is running. Typically
the larger possible cpus seems to be some sort of Vendor BIOS screwup
where the vendor advertises how many processors the maximum configuration
of a certain type of hardware would suppport if one would buy that config.

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