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    SubjectRe: -mm seems significanty slower than mainline on kernbench
    Peter Williams wrote:
    > Martin Bligh wrote:
    >>>> But I was thinking more about the code that (in the original)
    >>>> handled the case where the number of tasks to be moved was less than
    >>>> 1 but more than 0 (i.e. the cases where "imbalance" would have been
    >>>> reduced to zero when divided by SCHED_LOAD_SCALE). I think that I
    >>>> got that part wrong and you can end up with a bias load to be moved
    >>>> which is less than any of the bias_prio values for any queued tasks
    >>>> (in circumstances where the original code would have rounded up to 1
    >>>> and caused a move). I think that the way to handle this problem is
    >>>> to replace 1 with "average bias prio" within that logic. This would
    >>>> guarantee at least one task with a bias_prio small enough to be moved.
    >>>> I think that this analysis is a strong argument for my original
    >>>> patch being the cause of the problem so I'll go ahead and generate a
    >>>> fix. I'll try to have a patch available later this morning.
    >>> Attached is a patch that addresses this problem. Unlike the
    >>> description above it does not use "average bias prio" as that
    >>> solution would be very complicated. Instead it makes the assumption
    >>> that NICE_TO_BIAS_PRIO(0) is a "good enough" for this purpose as this
    >>> is highly likely to be the median bias prio and the median is
    >>> probably better for this purpose than the average.
    >>> Signed-off-by: Peter Williams <>
    >> Doesn't fix the perf issue.
    > OK, thanks. I think there's a few more places where SCHED_LOAD_SCALE
    > needs to be multiplied by NICE_TO_BIAS_PRIO(0). Basically, anywhere
    > that it's added to, subtracted from or compared to a load. In those
    > cases it's being used as a scaled version of 1 and we need a scaled

    This would have been better said as "the load generated by 1 task"
    rather than just "a scaled version of 1". Numerically, they're the same
    but one is clearer than the other and makes it more obvious why we need
    NICE_TO_BIAS_PRIO(0) * SCHED_LOAD_SCALE and where we need it.

    > version of NICE_TO_BIAS_PRIO(0). I'll have another patch later today.

    I'm just testing this at the moment.

    Peter Williams

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