Re: [PATCH] top level scheduler domain for ia64

From: Matthew Wilcox <matthew_at_wil.cx>
Date: 2004-11-02 04:16:49
On Mon, Nov 01, 2004 at 09:07:32AM -0800, Jesse Barnes wrote:
> If I understand you right, you don't want a top level domain for your 32 way 
> systems, but you *do* want the node domains to span the whole thing.  Is that 
> right?
> 
> If so, you could do something like this I think?
> 
>  if (numnodes <= SMALL_SYSTEM_THRESHOLD) {
>   SD_NODES_PER_DOMAIN = numnodes;
>   build_node_domains(); /* each one spans the system */
>  } else {
>   SD_NODES_PER_DOMAIN = 4; /* or whatever */
>   build_node_domains(); /* only spans nearby nodes */
>   build_top_level_domain(); /* whole system, infrequently balanced */
>  }
> 
> Would that address your concerns?

Doesn't sound like a great idea.  HP's already shipping 128-way Superdome
IA-64 systems, and they'll want to be set up rather differently from the
Altix systems.  I think this code needs to be autotuning so it doesn't
need to be touched whenever a vendor releases a new configuration (I
think I heard that NASA's Altixes had a custom CPU brick with twice the
CPUs in it?)

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