ARM: idle sleep time for hotplugged cpu

Russell King - ARM Linux linux at
Tue Nov 6 16:00:56 EST 2012

On Tue, Nov 06, 2012 at 12:24:20PM -0800, Steve Muckle wrote:
> On 11/05/12 01:15, Russell King - ARM Linux wrote:
> > On Mon, Nov 05, 2012 at 09:23:38AM +0530, Taniya Das wrote:
> >> 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?
> > 
> > Offlined CPUs are not supposed to just 'return' from cpu_die(), and
> > in actual fact they can't.
> Although an offline CPU will not come back into the idle thread by
> returning from cpu_die(), I believe the question about exiting nohz mode
> before cpu_die() still stands.

Well, that depends on the design of all that.  I don't know that, but
what I do know is we're doing exactly the same as x86 which I presume
is correct.

> >From arch/arm/process.c:cpu_idle() it appears a CPU could enter
> pm_idle() for a while (in nohz mode), then execute the inner loop again
> and call cpu_die(). Is there the potential for cpu idle time accounting
> to get messed up here by not exiting nohz mode prior to the cpu dying,
> so that missed ticks from nohz are properly accounted for?

Why does the idle time matter if the CPU has been taken offline?

In any case, I think this is a question for the CPU idle people; it's not
a feature that I've ever knowingly used or have any interest in using at
the moment.

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