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SubjectRe: Question on handling managed IRQs when hotplugging CPUs
On 29/01/2019 16:27, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Jan 2019, John Garry wrote:
>> On 29/01/2019 12:01, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>>> If the last CPU which is associated to a queue (and the corresponding
>>> interrupt) goes offline, then the subsytem/driver code has to make sure
>>> that:
>>> 1) No more requests can be queued on that queue
>>> 2) All outstanding of that queue have been completed or redirected
>>> (don't know if that's possible at all) to some other queue.
>> This may not be possible. For the HW I deal with, we have symmetrical delivery
>> and completion queues, and a command delivered on DQx will always complete on
>> CQx. Each completion queue has a dedicated IRQ.
> So you can stop queueing on DQx and wait for all outstanding ones to come
> in on CQx, right?

Right, and this sounds like what Keith Busch mentioned in his reply.

>>> That has to be done in that order obviously. Whether any of the
>>> subsystems/drivers actually implements this, I can't tell.
>> Going back to c5cb83bb337c25, it seems to me that the change was made with the
>> idea that we can maintain the affinity for the IRQ as we're shutting it down
>> as no interrupts should occur.
>> However I don't see why we can't instead keep the IRQ up and set the affinity
>> to all online CPUs in offline path, and restore the original affinity in
>> online path. The reason we set the queue affinity to specific CPUs is for
>> performance, but I would not say that this matters for handling residual IRQs.
> Oh yes it does. The problem is especially on x86, that if you have a large
> number of queues and you take a large number of CPUs offline, then you run
> into vector space exhaustion on the remaining online CPUs.
> In the worst case a single CPU on x86 has only 186 vectors available for
> device interrupts. So just take a quad socket machine with 144 CPUs and two
> multiqueue devices with a queue per cpu. ---> FAIL
> It probably fails already with one device because there are lots of other
> devices which have regular interrupt which cannot be shut down.

OK, understood.


> Thanks,
> tglx
> .

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