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Re: [PATCH RFC] Simplify the Linux kernel by reducing its state space

To: Geert Uytterhoeven <geert@linux-m68k.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC] Simplify the Linux kernel by reducing its state space
From: "Paul E. McKenney" <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2012 09:54:01 -0700
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On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 06:40:30PM +0200, Geert Uytterhoeven wrote:
> Hi Paul,
> 
> On Sat, Mar 31, 2012 at 18:33, Paul E. McKenney
> <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
> > Although there have been numerous complaints about the complexity of
> > parallel programming (especially over the past 5-10 years), the plain
> > truth is that the incremental complexity of parallel programming over
> > that of sequential programming is not as large as is commonly believed.
> > Despite that you might have heard, the mind-numbing complexity of modern
> > computer systems is not due so much to there being multiple CPUs, but
> > rather to there being any CPUs at all.  In short, for the ultimate in
> > computer-system simplicity, the optimal choice is NR_CPUS=0.
> >
> > This commit therefore limits kernel builds to zero CPUs.  This change
> > has the beneficial side effect of rendering all kernel bugs harmless.
> > Furthermore, this commit enables additional beneficial changes, for
> > example, the removal of those parts of the kernel that are not needed
> > when there are zero CPUs.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Paul E. McKenney <paulmck@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
> > Reviewed-by: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> > ---
> >
> >  alpha/Kconfig                     |   11 ++++++-----
> >  arm/Kconfig                       |    6 +++---
> >  blackfin/Kconfig                  |    3 ++-
> >  hexagon/Kconfig                   |    9 +++++----
> >  ia64/Kconfig                      |    9 +++++----
> >  m32r/Kconfig                      |   10 ++++++----
> >  mips/Kconfig                      |   21 +++++++++++----------
> >  mn10300/Kconfig                   |    3 ++-
> >  parisc/Kconfig                    |    6 +++---
> >  powerpc/platforms/Kconfig.cputype |    8 ++++----
> >  s390/Kconfig                      |   12 +++++++-----
> >  sh/Kconfig                        |   11 ++++++-----
> >  sparc/Kconfig                     |    8 ++++----
> >  tile/Kconfig                      |    9 +++++----
> >  x86/Kconfig                       |   16 +++++++++-------
> >  15 files changed, 78 insertions(+), 64 deletions(-)
> 
> You forgot to fix half of the architectures, a.o. m68k?

I must confess that I fixed only the SMP-capable architectures.

I of course would welcome additions for UP-only architectures.

                                                        Thanx, Paul


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