Re: [PATCH v2:3/3]Export cpu topology by sysfs

From: Nathan Lynch <>
Date: 2005-12-29 06:14:02
> >>What about sane default values for the *_id attributes?

> It depends on the specific architectures. On i386/x86_64, the
> default vaules of *_id are 0xffu. On ia64, the default value of
> physical_package_id is -1.

> >>For example,
> >>say I have a uniprocessor PC without HT or multicore -- should all of
> >>these attributes have zero values, or some kind of "special" value to
> >>mean "not applicable"?
> This feature is disabled when CONFIG_SMP=n.

Irrelevant.  Running SMP kernels on UP boxes is not uncommon.

The point I was trying to make is that these new attributes will show
up on systems where they don't provide useful information -- the UP
case aside, there are plenty of SMP systems which aren't multicore or
multithreaded.  We need to take care that the attributes don't provide
misleading information on such systems.

> I can't make decision that all arch should use the same default
> values, so let architectures to decide. Is it ok? 

Not really -- inevitably we'll wind up with an interface that has
slightly different semantics on each architecture.

> >>Hmm, why should thread_id be exported at all?  Is it useful to
> >>userspace in a way that the logical cpu id is not?
> Just to make it clearer. Of course, physical_package_id /core_id/
> logical cpu id could tell enough info like thread id. 

Then let's drop thread_id until there's a need for it.

> >>> +static int __cpuinit topology_remove_dev(struct sys_device * sys_dev)
> >>> +{
> >>> +	sysfs_remove_group(&sys_dev->kobj, &topology_attr_group);
> >>> +	return 0;
> >>> +}
> >>> +
> >>> +static int __cpuinit topology_cpu_callback(struct notifier_block *nfb,
> >>> +		unsigned long action, void *hcpu)
> >>> +{
> >>> +	unsigned int cpu = (unsigned long)hcpu;
> >>> +	struct sys_device *sys_dev;
> >>> +
> >>> +	sys_dev = get_cpu_sysdev(cpu);
> >>> +	switch (action) {
> >>> +		case CPU_ONLINE:
> >>> +			topology_add_dev(sys_dev);
> >>> +			break;
> >>> +		case CPU_DEAD:
> >>> +			topology_remove_dev(sys_dev);
> >>> +			break;
> >>> +	}
> >>> +	return NOTIFY_OK;
> >>> +}
> >>
> >>I don't think it makes much sense to add and remove the attribute
> >>group for cpu online/offline events.  The topology information for an
> >>offline cpu is potentially valuable -- it could help the admin decide
> >>which processor to online at runtime, for example.
> >>
> >>I believe the correct time to update the topology information is when
> >>the topology actually changes (e.g. physical addition or removal of a
> >>processor) -- this is independent of online/offline operations.
> Currently, on i386/x86_64/ia64, a cpu gets its own topology by
> itself and fills into a global array. If the cpu is offline since
> the machine is booted, we can't get its topology info.

Hmm, is this a limitation of those architectures?  On ppc64 (where
this feature would be applicable) Open Firmware provides such topology
information regardless of the cpus' states; does the firmware or ACPI
on these platforms not do the same?

> And when a cpu is offline, current kernel deletes it from the
> thread_siblings and core_siblings of other cpu. 

That's fine -- I'm just arguing against the addition/removal of the
attributes when cpus go online and offline.

> >>- This locks us into exporting a three-level topology (thread, core,
> >>  package), with hard-coded names, when it seems probable that there
> >>  will be systems with more levels than that in the future.

> It's easy to add more levels based on my implementations.
> Hard-coded names might be a problem. Is there any special
> requirement to change the names arch-specifically? If some
> architectures really need their specific names, I will change the
> names from hard-coded to arch-defined.

No, don't worry about it.  I withdraw that objection.

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