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SubjectRe: Fwd: Nice processes prevent frequency increases - possible scheduler regression (known good in 2.6.35)
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On Sat, 2012-11-03 at 04:33 -0700, Mike Galbraith wrote: 
> On Fri, 2012-11-02 at 21:09 +0100, Michal Zatloukal wrote:
>
> > On the new kernel, the nice processes are never starved - even when
> > starting a tab-laden chromium session, the processes for BOINC keep
> > about 20% CPU each (that is normalized to all CPUs, ie 40% nice load
> > on each core). The problem is, the governor now seems to consider the
> > non-nice task unable to saturate the CPU, and the cores' frequencies
> > are hovering between 1.0 and 1.8 GHz. The scheduler keeps scheduling
> > the nice tasks, and the non-nice tasks are progressing much slower,
> > caused by the lower CPU speed as well as less processing time
> > allocated to them. HD video stutters often, and Chromium takes at
> > least 2-3 times longer to fully load.
>
> Your nice 19 tasks receiving 'too much' CPU when there are other
> runnable tasks around sounds like you have SCHED_AUTOGROUP enabled.

(forgot to mention: if that's the case, you can add noautogroup to your
kernel command line to turn it off if distro turned it on in .config)



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