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Subject[tip: sched/urgent] sched/core: Fix arch_scale_freq_tick() on tickless systems
The following commit has been merged into the sched/urgent branch of tip:

Commit-ID: 7fb3ff22ad8772bbf0e3ce1ef3eb7b09f431807f
Author: Yair Podemsky <>
AuthorDate: Wed, 30 Nov 2022 14:51:21 +02:00
Committer: Ingo Molnar <>
CommitterDate: Sat, 07 Jan 2023 12:25:50 +01:00

sched/core: Fix arch_scale_freq_tick() on tickless systems

In order for the scheduler to be frequency invariant we measure the
ratio between the maximum CPU frequency and the actual CPU frequency.

During long tickless periods of time the calculations that keep track
of that might overflow, in the function scale_freq_tick():

if (check_shl_overflow(acnt, 2*SCHED_CAPACITY_SHIFT, &acnt))
goto error;

eventually forcing the kernel to disable the feature for all CPUs,
and show the warning message:

"Scheduler frequency invariance went wobbly, disabling!".

Let's avoid that by limiting the frequency invariant calculations
to CPUs with regular tick.

Fixes: e2b0d619b400 ("x86, sched: check for counters overflow in frequency invariant accounting")
Suggested-by: "Peter Zijlstra (Intel)" <>
Signed-off-by: Yair Podemsky <>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <>
Reviewed-by: Valentin Schneider <>
Acked-by: Giovanni Gherdovich <>
kernel/sched/core.c | 4 +++-
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/sched/core.c b/kernel/sched/core.c
index 25b582b..965d813 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/core.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/core.c
@@ -5504,7 +5504,9 @@ void scheduler_tick(void)
unsigned long thermal_pressure;
u64 resched_latency;

- arch_scale_freq_tick();
+ if (housekeeping_cpu(cpu, HK_TYPE_TICK))
+ arch_scale_freq_tick();

rq_lock(rq, &rf);
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