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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 4/7] cgroup/cpuset: Add a new isolated cpus.partition type

On 1/12/22 10:21, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Sun, Dec 05, 2021 at 01:32:17PM -0500, Waiman Long wrote:
>> 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.
> you can, ofcourse, create lots of 1 cpu partitions, which is effectively
> what you're doing, except there was a problem with that which you also
> forgot to mention.

Yes, that is a possible workaround. However, it makes cgroup management
much harder especially in the cgroup v2 environment where multiple
controllers are likely to be enabled in the same cgroup.


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