On 6/24/21 8:51 AM, Michal Koutný wrote:
On Mon, Jun 21, 2021 at 02:49:21PM -0400, Waiman Long firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
cgroup/cpuset: Add a new isolated cpus.partition type Cpuset v1 uses the sched_load_balance control file to determine if load balancing should be enabled. Cpuset v2 gets rid of sched_load_balance as its use may require disabling load balancing at cgroup root. For workloads that require very low latency like DPDK, the latency jitters caused by periodic load balancing may exceed the desired latency limit. When cpuset v2 is in use, the only way to avoid this latency cost is to use the "isolcpus=" kernel boot option to isolate a set of CPUs. After the kernel boot, however, there is no way to add or remove CPUs from this isolated set. For workloads that are more dynamic in nature, that means users have to provision enough CPUs for the worst case situation resulting in excess idle CPUs. To address this issue for cpuset v2, a new cpuset.cpus.partition type "isolated" is added which allows the creation of a cpuset partition without load balancing. This will allow system administrators to dynamically adjust the size of isolated partition to the current need of the workload without rebooting the system.
I like this work. Would it be worth generalizing the API to be on par with what isolcpus= can configure? (I.e. not only load balancing but the other dimensions of isolation (like the flags nohz and managed_irq now).)
Good point, the isolated partition is equivalent to isolcpus=domain. I will need to evaluate the nohz and managed_irq options to see if they can be done dynamically without adding a lot of overhead. If so, we can extend the functionality to cover that in future patches. Right now, this is for the domain functionality only. If we can cover the nohz and managed_irq options, we can deprecate isolcpus and advocate the use of cgroup instead.
I don't know if all such behaviors could be implemented dynamically (likely not easy) but the API could initially implement just what you do here with the "isolated" partition type.
The variant I'm thinking of would keep just the "root" and "member" partitions type and the "root" type could be additionally configured via cpuset.cpus.partition.flags (for example).
What I am thinking is that "isolated" means "isolated:domain" or one can do "isolated:nohz,domain,manged_irq" just like the current isolcpus boot option. I don't think we really need to add an extra flags control file.