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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/3] powerpc/sysfs: Show idle_purr and idle_spurr for every CPU
Gautham R Shenoy wrote:
> Hi Naveen,
>
> On Thu, Dec 05, 2019 at 10:23:58PM +0530, Naveen N. Rao wrote:
>> >diff --git a/arch/powerpc/kernel/sysfs.c b/arch/powerpc/kernel/sysfs.c
>> >index 80a676d..42ade55 100644
>> >--- a/arch/powerpc/kernel/sysfs.c
>> >+++ b/arch/powerpc/kernel/sysfs.c
>> >@@ -1044,6 +1044,36 @@ static ssize_t show_physical_id(struct device *dev,
>> > }
>> > static DEVICE_ATTR(physical_id, 0444, show_physical_id, NULL);
>> >
>> >+static ssize_t idle_purr_show(struct device *dev,
>> >+ struct device_attribute *attr, char *buf)
>> >+{
>> >+ struct cpu *cpu = container_of(dev, struct cpu, dev);
>> >+ unsigned int cpuid = cpu->dev.id;
>> >+ struct lppaca *cpu_lppaca_ptr = paca_ptrs[cpuid]->lppaca_ptr;
>> >+ u64 idle_purr_cycles = be64_to_cpu(cpu_lppaca_ptr->wait_state_cycles);
>> >+
>> >+ return sprintf(buf, "%llx\n", idle_purr_cycles);
>> >+}
>> >+static DEVICE_ATTR_RO(idle_purr);
>> >+
>> >+DECLARE_PER_CPU(u64, idle_spurr_cycles);
>> >+static ssize_t idle_spurr_show(struct device *dev,
>> >+ struct device_attribute *attr, char *buf)
>> >+{
>> >+ struct cpu *cpu = container_of(dev, struct cpu, dev);
>> >+ unsigned int cpuid = cpu->dev.id;
>> >+ u64 *idle_spurr_cycles_ptr = per_cpu_ptr(&idle_spurr_cycles, cpuid);
>>
>> Is it possible for a user to read stale values if a particular cpu is in an
>> extended cede? Is it possible to use smp_call_function_single() to force the
>> cpu out of idle?
>
> Yes, if the CPU whose idle_spurr cycle is being read is still in idle,
> then we will miss reporting the delta spurr cycles for this last
> idle-duration. Yes, we can use an smp_call_function_single(), though
> that will introduce IPI noise. How often will idle_[s]purr be read ?

Since it is possible for a cpu to go into extended cede for multiple
seconds during which time it is possible to mis-report utilization, I
think it is better to ensure that the sysfs interface for idle_[s]purr
report the proper values through use of IPI.

With repect to lparstat, the read interval is user-specified and just
gets passed onto sleep().

- Naveen

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