[PATCH 2/2] Documentation: kdump: add description of bringing up SMP dump-capture kernel

Zhou Wenjian zhouwj-fnst at cn.fujitsu.com
Thu Jul 28 20:23:15 PDT 2016

SMP dump-capture kernel is useful to improve the performance of kdump in
some cases. So add the description of bringing up SMP dump-capture kernel.

Signed-off-by: Zhou Wenjian <zhouwj-fnst at cn.fujitsu.com>
 Documentation/kdump/kdump.txt | 6 ++++++
 1 file changed, 6 insertions(+)

diff --git a/Documentation/kdump/kdump.txt b/Documentation/kdump/kdump.txt
index 9a77247..155a63c 100644
--- a/Documentation/kdump/kdump.txt
+++ b/Documentation/kdump/kdump.txt
@@ -394,6 +394,12 @@ Notes on loading the dump-capture kernel:
   dump. Hence generally it is useful either to build a UP dump-capture
   kernel or specify nr_cpus=1 option while loading dump-capture kernel.
+* We should bring up a SMP dump-capture kernel if we intend to use multi-threads
+  programs with it, such as parallel dump feature of makedumpfile. Otherwise,
+  the multi-threads program may have a great performance degradation.
+  To bring up a SMP dump-capture kernel, we should specify nr_cpus=[X] and
+  disable_cpu_apic=[Y] options while loading it.
 * For s390x there are two kdump modes: If a ELF header is specified with
   the elfcorehdr= kernel parameter, it is used by the kdump kernel as it
   is done on all other architectures. If no elfcorehdr= kernel parameter is

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