Re: [edk2-devel] [RFC][PATCH v1] UefiCpuPkg/MpInitLib DXE: Reduce AP status check interval


Brian J. Johnson
 

On 3/23/20 9:37 AM, Ni, Ray wrote:
Laszlo,
Adding a PCD means platform integrators need to consider which value to set.
Most of the time, they may just use the default PCD value.
Then, why not we add the PCD later when a real case is met?
The patch changes existent behavior; it is not for a newly introduced
feature.

Because most platforms are not in the edk2 tree, we don't know what
platforms could be regressed by increasing the polling frequency
tenfold. (And remember that the polling action has O(n) cost, where "n"
is the logical processor count.)

Under your suggestion, the expression "real case is met" amounts to
"someone reports a regression" (possibly after the next stable tag,
even). I don't think that's a good idea.
In particular, the patch is motivated by RegisterCpuFeaturesLib -- the
CpuFeaturesInitialize() function -- on some platform(s) that Hao uses.
But there are platforms that don't use RegisterCpuFeaturesLib, and still
use MpInitLib.
OK. I agree with your suggestion.
Thank you. I agree with Laszlo: MP initialization is tricky to scale, and platform dependent. My group builds real machines with thousands of APs, and we have had to do various tweaks to the MP init. code. Having a PCD to adjust this timeout will be very useful.

Thanks,
--
Brian J. Johnson
Enterprise X86 Lab

Hewlett Packard Enterprise
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