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SubjectRe: [BUG nohz]: wrong user and system time accounting
On Tue, 28 Mar 2017 17:01:52 -0400
Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Tue, 2017-03-28 at 16:14 -0400, Luiz Capitulino wrote:
> > On Tue, 28 Mar 2017 13:24:06 -0400
> > Luiz Capitulino <lcapitulino@redhat.com> wrote:
> > > I'm starting to suspect that the nohz code may be programming
> > > the tick period to be shorter than 1ms when it re-activates
> > > the tick.
> >
> > And I think I was right, it looks like the nohz code is programming
> > the tick period incorrectly when restarting the tick. The patch below
> > fixes things for me, but I still have some homework todo and more
> > testing before posting a patch for inclusion. Could you guys test it?
>
> Your patch seems to work. I don't claim to understand why
> your patch makes a difference, but for this particular test
> case, on this particular setup, it seems to work...

I don't fully understand why either yet. I was looking for places
where nohz might be programming the tick period incorrectly and
I found that there's a case in tick_nohz_stop_sched_tick() where
tick_nohz_restart() is called only to reprogram the tick timer,
not cancel the tick. In this case, ts->last_tick seems to be out
of date. Fixing this fixed accounting for me.

> > diff --git a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
> > index 7fe53be..9abe979 100644
> > --- a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
> > +++ b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
> > @@ -1152,6 +1152,7 @@ static enum hrtimer_restart
> > tick_sched_timer(struct hrtimer *timer)
> >         struct pt_regs *regs = get_irq_regs();
> >         ktime_t now = ktime_get();
> >  
> > +       ts->last_tick = now;
> >         tick_sched_do_timer(now);
> >  
> >         /*
>

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