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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 0/9] Introduce housekeeping subsystem
On Fri, Jul 21, 2017 at 03:48:16PM -0400, Chris Metcalf wrote:
> On 7/21/2017 9:21 AM, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> >I'm leaving for two weeks so this is food for thoughts in the meantime :)
> >
> >We have a design issue with nohz_full: it drives the isolation features
> >through the *housekeeping*() functions: kthreads, unpinned timers,
> >watchdog, ...
> >
> >But things should work the other way around because the tick is just an
> >isolation feature among others.
> >
> >So we need a housekeeping subsystem to drive all these isolation
> >features, including nohz full in a later iteration. For now this is a
> >basic draft. In the long run this subsystem should also drive the tick
> >offloading (remove residual 1Hz) and all unbound kthreads.
> >
> >git://
> > nohz/0hz
> >
> >HEAD: 68e3af1de5db228bf6c2a5e721bce59a02cfc4e1
> For the series:
> Reviewed-by: Chris Metcalf <>
> I spotted a few typos that you should grep for and fix for your next
> version:
> "watchog", "Lets/lets" instead of "Let's/let's", "overriden" (should have
> two d's).

Thanks, I'll check those.

> The new housekeeping=MASK boot option seems like it might make it a little
> irritating to specify nohz_full=MASK as well. I guess if setting
> implied "all but housekeeping", it becomes a reasonably tidy solution. To
> make
> this work right you might have to make the housekeeping option early_param
> instead so its value is available early enough.

Good point. But perhaps I should add a new NO_HZ_FULL_BUT_HOUSEKEEPING option.
Otherwise we'll change the meaning of NO_HZ_FULL_ALL way too much, to the point
that its default behaviour will be the exact opposite of the current one: by default
every CPU is housekeeping, so NO_HZ_FULL_ALL would have no effect anymore if we
don't set housekeeping boot option.

Also I plan to add a housekeeping option to offload the residual 1Hz tick from
nohz_full CPUs. So having "housekeeping=0,tick_offload" would make CPU 0 the
housekeeper, make the other CPUs nohz_full and handle their 1hz tick from CPU 0.

Just a few thoughts.

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