ARM: idle sleep time for hotplugged cpu

Taniya Das tdas at
Sun Nov 4 22:53:38 EST 2012


I was looking at the arch/arm/process.c:cpu_die, I was wondering why we
do not exit from NOHZ for a hotplugged/offline cpu?
If I understand correctly an offlined cpu too will enter
NOHz(tick_nohz_idle_enter) and update the idle_entrytime. The cpu will die
and it will reenter the idle thread and update idle_entrytime onces it
comes back online and only then it will exit NOHz, but time spent in sleep
idle_sleeptime will be wrongly calculated.

void cpu_idle(void)



/* endless idle loop with no priority at all */

while (1) {


tick_nohz_idle_enter();-->  Offline CPU entering NOHZ


while (!need_resched()) {


if (cpu_is_offline(smp_processor_id()))
cpu_die(); ---> CPU becomes offline and re-enter the idle thread without
exiting from NOHZ,



Is it a good idea to exit from NOHZ before cpu_die() or it could be
achieved in some other way? Please provide your

Thanks & Regards,
Taniya Das.

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