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[v2] ARM64: Dynamically allocate cpumasks and increase supported CPUs to 512

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Series [v2] ARM64: Dynamically allocate cpumasks and increase supported CPUs to 512 | expand

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Christoph Lameter (Ampere) Jan. 23, 2024, 11:55 p.m. UTC
Ampere Computing develops high end ARM processor that support an ever
increasing number of processors. The default 256 processors are
not enough for our newer products. The default is used by
distros and therefore our customers cannot use distro kernels because
the number of processors is not supported.

One of the objections against earlier patches to increase the limit
was that the memory use becomes too high. There is a feature called
CPUMASK_OFFSTACK that configures the cpumasks in the kernel to be
dynamically allocated. This was used in the X86 architecture in the
past to enable support for larger CPU configurations up to 8k cpus.

With that is becomes possible to dynamically size the allocation of
the cpu bitmaps depending on the quantity of processors detected on

This patch enables that logic if more than 256 processors
are configured and increases the default to 512 processors.

Further increases may be needed if ARM processor vendors start
supporting more processors. Given the current inflationary trends
in core counts from multiple processor manufacturers this may occur.

Tested-by: Eric Mackay <eric.mackay@oracle.com>
Signed-off-by: Christoph Lameter (Ampere) <cl@linux.com>


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Index: linux/arch/arm64/Kconfig
--- linux.orig/arch/arm64/Kconfig
+++ linux/arch/arm64/Kconfig
@@ -1407,7 +1407,21 @@  config SCHED_SMT
  config NR_CPUS
  	int "Maximum number of CPUs (2-4096)"
  	range 2 4096
-	default "256"
+	default "512"
+# Determines the placement of cpumasks.
+# With CPUMASK_OFFSTACK the cpumasks are dynamically allocated.
+# Useful for machines with lots of core because it avoids increasing
+# the size of many of the data structures in the kernel.
+# If this is off then the cpumasks have a static sizes and are
+# embedded within data structures.
+	def_bool y
+	depends on NR_CPUS > 256

  config HOTPLUG_CPU
  	bool "Support for hot-pluggable CPUs"