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SubjectRe: Incorrect CPU process accounting using CONFIG_HZ=100
Con Kolivas wrote:
> Peter Williams writes:
>> Al Boldi wrote:
>>> Peter Williams wrote:
>>> twice:
>>> 1. for external proc monitoring, using a probed approach
>>> 2. for scheduling, using an inlined approach
>> Not exactly (e.g. there's no separation between user and sys time
>> available in line) but the possibilities are there.
>>> Wouldn't merging the two approaches be in the interest of conserving
>>> cpu resources, while at the same time reflecting an accurate view of
>>> cpu utilization?
>> I think that this would be a worthwhile endeavour once/if
>> sched_clock() is fixed. This is especially the case as CPUs get
>> faster as many tasks may run to completion in less than a tick.
> That may not be as simple as it seems. To properly account system v user
> time using the sched_clock we'd have to hook into arch dependant asm
> code to know when entering and exiting kernel context. That is far more
> invasive than the simple on/off runqueue timing we currently do for
> scheduling accounting.

Yes, it is a problem and we may have to do something approximate like
counting ticks for sys time and subtracting that from the total to get
user time when reporting the times to user space (only a bit more
complex to make sure we don't end up with negative times).

How is it intended to handle this problem in the tickless kernel?

PS It's all moot until sched_clock() is fixed anyway.
PPS Recent kernels (-mm ones at least) keep a sched_time in nsecs for
each task but I've no idea what it's used for.
Peter Williams

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