Re: [QUERY]: Is using CPU hotplug right for isolating CPUs?

From: Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Mon Jan 20 2014 - 10:52:00 EST

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 05:00:20PM +0530, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> On 16 January 2014 15:16, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > Just do the math.
> >
> > max reload value / timer freq = max time span
> Thanks.
> > So:
> >
> > 0x7fffffff / 24MHz = 89.478485 sec
> >
> > Nothing to do here except to get rid of the requirement to arm the
> > timer at all.
> @Frederic: Any inputs on how to get rid of this timer here?

I fear you can't. If you schedule a timer in 4 seconds away and your clockdevice
can only count up to 2 seconds, you can't help much the interrupt in the middle to
cope with the overflow.

So you need to act on the source of the timer:

* identify what cause this timer
* try to turn that feature off
* if you can't then move the timer to the housekeeping CPU

I'll have a look into the latter point to affine global timers to the
housekeeping CPU. Per cpu timers need more inspection though. Either we rework
them to be possibly handled by remote/housekeeping CPUs, or we let the associate feature
to be turned off. All in one it's a case by case work.
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