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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC 1/1] genirq: Make threaded handler use irq affinity for managed interrupt
On 07/12/2019 08:03, Ming Lei wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 06, 2019 at 10:35:04PM +0800, John Garry wrote:
>> Currently the cpu allowed mask for the threaded part of a threaded irq
>> handler will be set to the effective affinity of the hard irq.
>> Typically the effective affinity of the hard irq will be for a single cpu. As such,
>> the threaded handler would always run on the same cpu as the hard irq.
>> We have seen scenarios in high data-rate throughput testing that the cpu
>> handling the interrupt can be totally saturated handling both the hard
>> interrupt and threaded handler parts, limiting throughput.

Hi Ming,

> Frankly speaking, I never observed that single CPU is saturated by one storage
> completion queue's interrupt load. Because CPU is still much quicker than
> current storage device.
> If there are more drives, one CPU won't handle more than one queue(drive)'s
> interrupt if (nr_drive * nr_hw_queues) < nr_cpu_cores.

Are things this simple? I mean, can you guarantee that fio processes are
evenly distributed as such?

> So could you describe your case in a bit detail? Then we can confirm
> if this change is really needed.

The issue is that the CPU is saturated in servicing the hard and
threaded part of the interrupt together - here's the sort of thing which
we saw previously:
CPU %usr %sys %irq %soft %idle
all 2.9 13.1 1.2 4.6 78.2
0 0.0 29.3 10.1 58.6 2.0
1 18.2 39.4 0.0 1.0 41.4
2 0.0 2.0 0.0 0.0 98.0

CPU0 has no effectively no idle.

Then, by allowing the threaded part to roam:
CPU %usr %sys %irq %soft %idle
all 3.5 18.4 2.7 6.8 68.6
0 0.0 20.6 29.9 29.9 19.6
1 0.0 39.8 0.0 50.0 10.2

Note: I think that I may be able to reduce the irq hard part load in the
endpoint driver, but not that much such that we see still this issue.

>> For when the interrupt is managed, allow the threaded part to run on all
>> cpus in the irq affinity mask.
> I remembered that performance drop is observed by this approach in some
> test.

From checking the thread about the NVMe interrupt swamp, just switching
to threaded handler alone degrades performance. I didn't see any
specific results for this change from Long Li -


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