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[v3,0/4] isolation: limit msix vectors to housekeeping CPUs

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Nitesh Narayan Lal Sept. 25, 2020, 6:26 p.m. UTC
This is a follow-up posting for "[PATCH v2 0/4] isolation: limit msix vectors
based on housekeeping CPUs".

With the current implementation device drivers while creating their MSIX        
vectors only take num_online_cpus() into consideration which works quite well  
for a non-RT environment, but in an RT environment that has a large number of   
isolated CPUs and very few housekeeping CPUs this could lead to a problem.    
The problem will be triggered when something like tuned will try to move all    
the IRQs from isolated CPUs to the limited number of housekeeping CPUs to       
prevent interruptions for a latency-sensitive workload that will be running
on the isolated CPUs. This failure is caused because of the per CPU vector         

Proposed Fix
In this patch-set, the following changes are proposed:
- A generic API housekeeping_num_online_cpus() which is meant to return the
  online housekeeping CPUs based on the hk_flag passed by the caller.
- i40e: Specifically for the i40e driver the num_online_cpus() used in 
  i40e_init_msix() to calculate numbers msix vectors is replaced with the
  above defined API that returns the online housekeeping CPUs that are meant
  to handle managed IRQ jobs.
- pci_alloc_irq_vector(): With the help of housekeeping_num_online_cpus() the
  max_vecs passed in pci_alloc_irq_vector() is restricted only to the online
  housekeeping CPUs (designated for managed IRQ jobs) strictly in an RT
  environment. However, if the min_vecs exceeds the online housekeeping CPUs,
  max_vecs is limited based on the min_vecs instead.

Future Work

- In the previous upstream discussion [1], it was decided that it would be
  better if we can have a generic framework that can be consumed by all the
  drivers to fix this kind of issue. However, it will be a long term work,
  and since there are RT workloads that are getting impacted by the reported
  issue. We agreed upon the proposed per-device approach for now.

- To test that the issue is resolved with i40e change I added a tracepoint
  in i40e_init_msix() to find the number of CPUs derived for vector creation
  with and without tuned's realtime-virtual-host profile. As per expectation
  with the profile applied I was only getting the number of housekeeping CPUs
  and all available CPUs without it. Another way to verify is by checking
  the number of IRQs that get created corresponding to a impacted device.
  Similarly did a few more tests with different modes eg with only nohz_full,
  isolcpus etc.

- To analyze the performance impact I have targetted the change introduced in 
  pci_alloc_irq_vectors() and compared the results against a vanilla kernel
  (5.9.0-rc3) results.

  Setup Information:
  + I had a couple of 24-core machines connected back to back via a couple of
    mlx5 NICs and I analyzed the average bitrate for server-client TCP and
    UDP transmission via iperf. 
  + To minimize the Bitrate variation of iperf TCP and UDP stream test I have
    applied the tuned's network-throughput profile and disabled HT.
 Test Information:
  + For the environment that had no isolated CPUs:
    I have tested with single stream and 24 streams (same as that of online
  + For the environment that had 20 isolated CPUs:
    I have tested with single stream, 4 streams (same as that the number of
    housekeeping) and 24 streams (same as that of online CPUs).

  # UDP Stream Test:
    + There was no degradation observed in UDP stream tests in both
      environments. (With isolated CPUs and without isolated CPUs after the
      introduction of the patches).
  # TCP Stream Test - No isolated CPUs:
    + No noticeable degradation was observed.
  # TCP Stream Test - With isolated CPUs:
    + Multiple Stream (4)  - Average degradation of around 5-6%
    + Multiple Stream (24) - Average degradation of around 2-3%
    + Single Stream        - Even on a vanilla kernel the Bitrate observed 
                             for a TCP single stream test seem to vary
                             significantly across different runs (eg. the %
                             variation between the best and the worst case on
                             a vanilla kernel was around 8-10%). A similar
                             variation was observed with the kernel that
                             included my patches. No additional degradation
                             was observed.

If there are any suggestions for more performance evaluation, I would
be happy to discuss/perform them.

Changes from v2[2]:
- Renamed hk_num_online_cpus() with housekeeping_num_online_cpus() to keep
  the naming convention consistent (based on a suggestion from Peter
  Zijlstra and Frederic Weisbecker).
- Added an argument "enum hk_flags" to the housekeeping_num_online_cpus() API
  to make it more usable in different use-cases (based on a suggestion from 
  Frederic Weisbecker).
- Replaced cpumask_weight(cpu_online_mask) with num_online_cpus() (suggestion
  from Bjorn Helgaas).
- Modified patch commit messages and comment based on Bjorn Helgaas's

Changes from v1[3]:
- Replaced num_houskeeeping_cpus() with hk_num_online_cpus() and started
  using the cpumask corresponding to HK_FLAG_MANAGED_IRQ to derive the number
  of online housekeeping CPUs. This is based on Frederic Weisbecker's
- Since the hk_num_online_cpus() is self-explanatory, got rid of             
  the comment that was added previously.                                     
- Added a new patch that is meant to enable managed IRQ isolation for
  nohz_full CPUs. This is based on Frederic Weisbecker's suggestion.              
Patch4 (PCI):                                                                 
- For cases where the min_vecs exceeds the online housekeeping CPUs, instead
  of skipping modification to max_vecs, started restricting it based on the
  min_vecs. This is based on a suggestion from Marcelo Tosatti.                                                                    

[1] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200922095440.GA5217@lenoir/
[2] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200923181126.223766-1-nitesh@redhat.com/
[3] https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200909150818.313699-1-nitesh@redhat.com/

Nitesh Narayan Lal (4):
  sched/isolation: API to get number of housekeeping CPUs
  sched/isolation: Extend nohz_full to isolate managed IRQs
  i40e: Limit msix vectors to housekeeping CPUs
  PCI: Limit pci_alloc_irq_vectors() to housekeeping CPUs

 drivers/net/ethernet/intel/i40e/i40e_main.c |  3 ++-
 include/linux/pci.h                         | 17 +++++++++++++++++
 include/linux/sched/isolation.h             |  9 +++++++++
 kernel/sched/isolation.c                    |  2 +-
 4 files changed, 29 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)