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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] sched: terminate newidle balancing once at least one task has moved over

On Tue, 24 Jun 2008, Nick Piggin wrote:

>
> On Tuesday 24 June 2008 09:04, Gregory Haskins wrote:
> > Inspired by Peter Zijlstra.
>
> Is this really getting tested well? Because at least for SCHED_OTHER
> tasks, the newidle balancer is still supposed to be relatively
> conservative and not over balance too much. By the time you have
> done all this calculation and reached here, it will be a loss to only
> move one task if you could have moved two and halved your newidle
> balance rate...

We've been finding a lot of our high latencies have been coming from the
balancing code. And the newidle balance is a large offender. I don't think
it's much wasted work for what you want. Even if we wasted the work done,
it was during "idle" time. But now we have a task to run, why not run it
now. Especially if that task is an RT task and doesn't like to wait.

The newidle balance should really just get a task to run, the balancing
code should be done at a later time. Ideally when no RT tasks need to run.

-- Steve


>
> > Signed-off-by: Gregory Haskins <ghaskins@novell.com>
> > ---
> >
> > kernel/sched.c | 4 ++++
> > 1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/kernel/sched.c b/kernel/sched.c
> > index 3efbbc5..c8e8520 100644
> > --- a/kernel/sched.c
> > +++ b/kernel/sched.c
> > @@ -2775,6 +2775,10 @@ static int move_tasks(struct rq *this_rq, int
> > this_cpu, struct rq *busiest, max_load_move - total_load_moved,
> > sd, idle, all_pinned, &this_best_prio);
> > class = class->next;
> > +
> > + if (idle == CPU_NEWLY_IDLE && this_rq->nr_running)
> > + break;
> > +
> > } while (class && max_load_move > total_load_moved);
> >
> > return total_load_moved > 0;
> >
> > --
>


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