RE: [PATCH] SN2 user-MMIO CPU migration

From: Brent Casavant <>
Date: 2006-01-25 09:41:35
On Tue, 24 Jan 2006, Chen, Kenneth W wrote:

> Brent Casavant wrote on Tuesday, January 24, 2006 2:12 PM
> > > On the other hand, it may not be too bad because on kernel exit, flags
> > > field in thread_info is accessed for TIF_* and if kernel exit path is
> > > taken back-to-back with context switch, the net effect maybe small.
> > 
> > Actually, IA64_HAS_EXTRA_STATE() reads the TIF_* flags, and is called
> > in __switch_to(), which is in very close proximity to checking last_cpu.
> Where??
> IA64_HAS_EXTRA_STATE() uses task->thread.flags, not task->thread_info->flags.
> These two flags are in two different places.

Bhaa! You are right of course. My mistake.

Still, other than moving last_cpu to neighbor cpu (or getting them
moved to the thread_struct, as you inquired of Ingo), I'm not sure
what can be done to further mitigate the cacheline impact.


Brent Casavant                          All music is folk music.  I ain't                        never heard a horse sing a song.
Silicon Graphics, Inc.                    -- Louis Armstrong
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