* Michal Hocko <mho...@kernel.org> [2020-07-02 10:41:23]: > On Thu 02-07-20 12:14:08, Srikar Dronamraju wrote: > > * Michal Hocko <mho...@kernel.org> [2020-07-01 14:21:10]: > > > > > > >>>>> The autonuma problem sounds interesting but again this patch > > > > >>>>> doesn't > > > > >>>>> really solve the underlying problem because I strongly suspect > > > > >>>>> that the > > > > >>>>> problem is still there when a numa node gets all its memory > > > > >>>>> offline as > > > > >>>>> mentioned above. > > > > > > I would really appreciate a feedback to these two as well. > > > > 1. Its not just numactl that's to be fixed but all tools/utilities that > > depend on /sys/devices/system/node/online. Are we saying to not rely/believe > > in the output given by the kernel but do further verification? > > No, what we are saying is that even an online node might have zero > number of online pages/cpus. So the online status is not really > something that matters. If people are confused by that output then user > space tools can make their confusion go away. I really do not understand > why the kernel should do any logic there.
The user facing teams are saying they are getting queries from the users who are unable to understand from the tools/sysfs files why a node is online and but has no attached resources. Its the amount of time that is being spent on these issues that triggered the patch. Initially even I was skeptical that this was a non-issue. > > > Also how would the user space differentiate between the case where the > > Kernel missed marking a node as offline to the case where the memory was > > offlined on a cpuless node but node wasn't offline?. > > What I am arguing is that those two shouldn't be any different. Really! > > > 2. Regarding the autonuma, the case of offline memory is user/admin driven, > > so if there is a performance hit, its something that's driven by his > > user/admin actions. Also how often do we see users offline complete memory > > of cpuless node on a 2 node system? > > How often do we see crippled HW configurations like that? Really if > autonuma should be made more clever for one case it should recognize the > other as well. > Lets take a 16 socket PowerVM system and assume that 32 lpars are created on that socket, i.e 2 lpars for each socket. (PowerVM has the final say on how the lpars are created.) In such a case, we can expect 30 out of the 32 lpars to face this problem, with the only 2 lpars that actually run on socket 0 having the correct configuration. > > > > > > This begs a question whether ppc can do the same thing? > > > > Certainly ppc can be made to adapt to this situation but that would be a > > workaround. Do we have a reason why we think node 0 is unique and special? > > It is not. As replied in other email in this thread. I would hope for > having less hacks in the numa initialization. Cleaning up the mess is > would be a lot of work and testing on all NUMA capable architectures. > This is a heritage from the past I am afraid. All that I am arguing here > is that your touch to the generic code with a very simple looking patch > might have side effects which are pretty much impossible to review. > Moreover it seems that nothing but ppc really needs this treatment. > So fixing it in ppc specific code sounds much more safe. > > Normally I would really push for a generic solution but after getting > burned several times in this area I do not dare anymore. The problem is > not in the code complexity but in how spread it is in places where you > do not expect side effects. > I do understand and respect your viewpoint. > -- > Michal Hocko > SUSE Labs -- Thanks and Regards Srikar Dronamraju