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SubjectRe: [RFC 07/10] platform/x86/intel/ifs: Create kthreads for online cpus for scan test
On Fri, Mar 4, 2022 at 11:20 AM Joseph, Jithu <jithu.joseph@intel.com> wrote:
>
>
>
> On 3/2/2022 8:17 PM, Williams, Dan J wrote:
> > On Tue, 2022-03-01 at 11:54 -0800, Jithu Joseph wrote:
> >> Create scan kthreads for online logical cpus. Once scan test is triggered,
> >> it wakes up the corresponding thread and its sibling threads to execute
> >> the test. Once the scan test is done, the threads go back to thread wait
> >> for next signal to start a new scan.
> >>
> ...
> >> +
> >> +static int retry = 5;
> >> +module_param_cb(retry, &ifs_retry_ops, &retry, 0644);
> >> +
> >> +MODULE_PARM_DESC(retry, "Maximum retry count when the test is not executed");
> >
> > Why does this retry need to be in the kernel? Can't the test runner
> > retry the test if they want? If it stays in the kernel, why a module
> > parameter and not a sysfs attribute?
>
> A core is tested by writing 1 to "runtest" file. When user writes a 1 to run_test file it tests all the subtests (chunks) on a core.
> Distinct from this, retry parameter describes the autoretry driver would do at "chunk" granularity (bit more on why, is available in the doc)
>
> Why not a sysfs attribute: good qn, Our earlier prototype had this as a percpu sysfs attribute, however this was removed to keep the sysfs entries simple/minimal and less confusing.
> (and tunable options which are not strictly needed in the normal course of use were moved to module parameters)
> In the percpu sysfs we now only have the essential stuff i.e run_test , status , and details making it simpler for user who wants to test the core.

...but you are putting it in sysfs, just in a different directory:

/sys/module/ifs/parameters

vs

/sys/devices/{system/cpu/,platform}/ifs

Just unify it all in one place, otherwise, I fail to see the
simplification for the user over spreading settings over multiple
locations.

>
>
> >
> >> +
> >> +static bool noint = 1;
> >> +module_param(noint, bool, 0644);
> >> +MODULE_PARM_DESC(noint, "Option to enable/disable interrupt during test");
> >
> > Same sysfs vs module parameter question...
>
> Same as above

Same multiple sysfs ABI location concern.

>
> >
>
> >> +
> >> +static const char * const scan_test_status[] = {
> >> + "SCAN no error",
> >> + "Other thread could not join.",
> >> + "Interrupt occurred prior to SCAN coordination.",
> >> + "Core Abort SCAN Response due to power management condition.",
> >> + "Non valid chunks in the range",
> >> + "Mismatch in arguments between threads T0/T1.",
> >> + "Core not capable of performing SCAN currently",
> >> + "Unassigned error code 0x7",
> >> + "Exceeded number of Logical Processors (LP) allowed to run Scan-At-Field concurrently",
> >> + "Interrupt occurred prior to SCAN start",
> >
> > This looks unmaintainable...
> >
> > /me finds large comment block around IFS_* error codes and suggests
> > killing 2 birds with one stone, i.e. delete that comment and make this
> > self documenting:
> >
> > static const char * const scan_test_status[] = {
> > [IFS_NO_ERROR] = "SCAN no error",
> > [IFS_OTHER_THREAD_DID_NOT_JOIN] = "Other thread could not join.",
> > ...etc...
> > };
>
> Will use this format.
>
> >
> > Btw, which is it "did not join" and "could not join"? If the symbol
> > name is going to be that long might as well make it match the log
> > message verbatim.
>
> Will make them identical. Thanks for pointing this out.
>
> >
> > That way you can add / delete error codes without wondering if you
> > managed to match the code number to the right position in the array.
> >
> > Even better would be to kick this out of the kernel and let the user
> > tool translate the error codes to test result log messages.
> >
> >> +};
> >> +
> >> +static void message_not_tested(int cpu, union ifs_status status)
> >> +{
> >> + if (status.error_code < ARRAY_SIZE(scan_test_status))
> >> + pr_warn("CPU %d: SCAN operation did not start. %s\n", cpu,
> >> + scan_test_status[status.error_code]);
> >> + else if (status.error_code == IFS_SW_TIMEOUT)
> >> + pr_warn("CPU %d: software timeout during scan\n", cpu);
> >> + else if (status.error_code == IFS_SW_PARTIAL_COMPLETION)
> >> + pr_warn("CPU %d: %s\n", cpu,
> >> + "Not all scan chunks were executed. Maximum forward progress retries exceeded");
> >
> > Why are these codes not in the scan_test_status set? I see that
> > IFS_SW_PARTIAL_COMPLETION and IFS_SW_TIMEOUT are defined with larger
> > values, but why?
>
> These are software(driver) defined error codes. Rest of the error codes are supplied by
> the hardware. Software defined error codes were kept at the other end to provide ample space
> in case (future) hardware decides to provide extend error codes.

Why put them in the same number space? Separate software results from
the raw hardware results and have a separate mechanism to convey each.

>
> >
> >> + else
> >> + pr_warn("CPU %d: SCAN unknown status %llx\n", cpu, status.data);
> >> +}
> >> +
> >> +static void message_fail(int cpu, union ifs_status status)
> >> +{
> >> + if (status.control_error) {
> >> + pr_err("CPU %d: scan failed. %s\n", cpu,
> >> + "Suggest reload scan file: # echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/ifs/reload");
> >> + }
> >> + if (status.signature_error) {
> >> + pr_err("CPU %d: test signature incorrect. %s\n", cpu,
> >> + "Suggest retry scan to check if problem is transient");
> >> + }
> >
> > This looks and feels more like tools/testing/selftests/ style code
> > printing information for a kernel developer to read. For a production
> > capability I would expect these debug messages to be elided and have an
> > ifs user tool that knows when to "Suggest reload scan file". Otherwise,
> > it's not scalable to use the kernel log buffer like a utility's stdout.
>
> The two pr_err here are for really really grave errors and warrants being displayed to console,
> possibly indicating some fault with the particular core. They are never expected to come in normal
> course of testing on a working core.

Kernel log messages with user action recommendations belong in a user tool.

> But I see your larger point. We will convert all the pr_warn preceeding this (in message_not_tested())
> to pr_dbg so that they dont normally take up the kernel log buffer. (they are not as grave a scenario as the earlier one).
>
> The same information is also available from percpu sysfs/cpu#/ifs/status for user spaces tools to operate on

"Suggest retry" does not seem like "grave error" to me. User feedback
belongs in a user tool.

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