Section: irqbalance (1)
Updated: Dec 2006
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irqbalance - distribute hardware interrupts across processors on a multiprocessor system  





The purpose of irqbalance is distribute hardware interrupts across processors on a multiprocessor system in order to increase performance.



Causes irqbalance to be run once, after which the daemon exits
--debug Causes irqbalance to run in the foreground and extra debug information to be printed



Same as --oneshot

Same as --debug

Provides a mask of cpus which irqbalance should ignore and never assign interrupts to



The purpose of irqbalance is to distribute interrupts accross cpus in an smp system such that cache-domain affinity is maximized for each irq. In other words, irqbalance tries to assign irqs to cpu cores such that each irq stands a greater chance of having its interrupt handler be in cache when the irq is asserted to the cpu. This raises a few interesting cases in which the behavior of irqbalance may be non-intuitive. Most notably, cases in which a system has only one cache domain. Nominally these systems are only single cpu environments, but can also be found in multi-core environments in which the cores share an L2 cache. In these situations irqbalance will exit immediately, since there is no work that irqbalance can do which will improve interrupt handling performance. This is normal and not cause for concern. For more information regarding irqbalance, please visit