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From: Nadia Derbey <Nadia.Derbey@bull.net>
To: Randy Dunlap <randy.dunlap@oracle.com>
Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC][PATCH 1/6] Tunable structure and registration routines
Date: Thu, 25 Jan 2007 17:26:31 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <45B8DA37.5050502@bull.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070124163218.ec54891d.randy.dunlap@oracle.com>

Randy,

Thanks for reviewing the code!
My comments embedded.
I'll re-send the patches as soon as possible.

Regards,
Nadia

Randy Dunlap wrote:
> On Tue, 16 Jan 2007 07:15:17 +0100 Nadia.Derbey@bull.net wrote:
> 
> 
>>[PATCH 01/06]
>>
<snip>
> 
> 
>>+Any kernel subsystem that has registered a tunable should call
>>+auto_tune_func() as follows:
>>+
>>++-------------------------+--------------------------------------------+
>>+| Step                    | Routine to call                            |
>>++-------------------------+--------------------------------------------+
>>+| Declaration phase       | DEFINE_TUNABLE(name, values...);           |
>>++-------------------------+--------------------------------------------+
>>+| Initialization routine  | set_tunable_min_max(name, min, max);       |
>>+|                         | set_autotuning_routine(name, routine);     |
>>+|                         | register_tunable(&name);                   |
>>+| Note: the 1st 2 calls   |                                            |
>>+|       are optional      |                                            |
>>++-------------------------+--------------------------------------------+
>>+| Alloc                   | activate_auto_tuning(AKT_UP, &name);       |
>>++-------------------------+--------------------------------------------+
>>+| Free                    | activate_auto_tuning(AKT_DOWN, &name);     |
> 
> 
> So does Free always use AKT_DOWN?  why does it matter?
> Seems unneeded and inconsistent.

Tuning down is recommended in order to come back to the default tunable 
value.
I agree with you: today it has quite no effect, except on the tunable 
value. If we take the ipc's example, grow_ary() just returns if the new 
tunable value happens to be lower than the previous one.
But we can imagine, in the future, that grow_ary could deallocate the 
unused memory.
+ in that particular case, lowering the tunable value makes the 1st loop 
in ipc_addid() shorter.

> How does one activate a tunable for downward adjustment?

Actually a tunable is activated to be dynamically adjusted (whatever the 
direction).
But you are giving me an idea for a future enhancement: we can imagine a 
tunable that could be allowed to increase only (or decrease only). In 
that case, we should move the autotune sysfs attribute into an 'up' and 
a 'down' attribute?

<snip>

>>+
>>+2) User part:
>>+
>>+As seen above, the only way to activate automatic tuning is from user side:
>>+- the directory /sys/tunables is created during the init phase.
>>+- each time a tunable is registered by a kernel subsystem, a directory is
>>+created for it under /sys/tunables.
>>+- This directory contains 1 file for each tunable kobject attribute:
> 
> 
> Please try to limit text documentation to 80 columns or less.

That's exactly what I did?



<snip>

>>Index: linux-2.6.20-rc4/fs/Kconfig
>>===================================================================
>>--- linux-2.6.20-rc4.orig/fs/Kconfig	2007-01-15 13:08:14.000000000 +0100
>>+++ linux-2.6.20-rc4/fs/Kconfig	2007-01-15 14:20:20.000000000 +0100
>>@@ -925,6 +925,8 @@ config PROC_KCORE
>> 	bool "/proc/kcore support" if !ARM
>> 	depends on PROC_FS && MMU
>> 
>>+source "kernel/autotune/Kconfig"
> 
> 
> Why is that is the File systems menu?  Seems odd to me
> for it to be there.  If it's just because it depends on
> PROC_FS and SYSFS, then it should just go completely after
> the File systems menu.
> 

Since the tunables that are handled in AKT, I wanted the feature to be 
close to CONFIG_PROC_FS.
Now, I do not agree with your proposal: putting it after the FS menu 
means that it would appear in the main menu, right? I'll try to find a 
better place for it.



>>Index: linux-2.6.20-rc4/include/linux/akt.h
>>===================================================================
>>--- /dev/null	1970-01-01 00:00:00.000000000 +0000
>>+++ linux-2.6.20-rc4/include/linux/akt.h	2007-01-15 14:26:24.000000000 +0100
>>@@ -0,0 +1,186 @@
>>+


<snip>

>>+	char flags;	/* Only 2 bits are meaningful: */
> 
> 
> Make flags unsigned char so that no sign bit is needed.
> 
> 
>>+			/* bit 0: set to 1 if the associated tunable can */
>>+			/*        be automatically adjusted */
>>+			/* bits 1: set to 1 if the tunable has been */
>>+			/*         registered */
>>+			/* bits 2-7: useless */
> 
> 
>                                      unused ??

yep

<snip>

> 
> 
>>+
>>+extern void fork_late_init(void);
> 
> 
> Looks like the wrong header file for that extern.
> 
> 

Actually, I wanted the changes to the existing kernel files to be as 
small as possible. That's why everything is concentrated, whenever 
possible, in the added files.

Regards,
Nadia





  reply	other threads:[~2007-01-25 16:23 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 24+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-01-16  6:15 [RFC][PATCH 0/6] Automatice kernel tunables (AKT) Nadia.Derbey
2007-01-16  6:15 ` [RFC][PATCH 1/6] Tunable structure and registration routines Nadia.Derbey
2007-01-25  0:32   ` Randy Dunlap
2007-01-25 16:26     ` Nadia Derbey [this message]
2007-01-25 16:34       ` Randy Dunlap
2007-01-25 17:01         ` Nadia Derbey
2007-01-16  6:15 ` [RFC][PATCH 2/6] auto_tuning activation Nadia.Derbey
2007-01-16  6:15 ` [RFC][PATCH 3/6] tunables associated kobjects Nadia.Derbey
2007-01-16  6:15 ` [RFC][PATCH 4/6] min and max kobjects Nadia.Derbey
2007-01-24 22:41   ` Randy Dunlap
2007-01-25 16:34     ` Nadia Derbey
2007-01-16  6:15 ` [RFC][PATCH 5/6] per namespace tunables Nadia.Derbey
2007-01-24 22:41   ` Randy Dunlap
2007-01-16  6:15 ` [RFC][PATCH 6/6] automatic tuning applied to some kernel components Nadia.Derbey
2007-01-22 19:56   ` Andrew Morton
2007-01-23 14:40     ` Nadia Derbey
2007-02-07 21:18       ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-02-09 12:27         ` Nadia Derbey
2007-02-09 18:35           ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-02-13  9:06             ` Nadia Derbey
2007-02-13 10:10               ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-02-15  7:07                 ` Nadia Derbey
2007-02-15  7:49                   ` Eric W. Biederman
2007-02-15  8:25                     ` Nadia Derbey

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