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SubjectRe: 2.6.21-rc1: known regressions (v2) (part 2)
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On Tue, 2007-02-27 at 09:33 +0100, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Michal Piotrowski <michal.k.k.piotrowski@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> > Thomas Gleixner napisał(a):
> > > Adrian,
> > >
> > > On Mon, 2007-02-26 at 23:05 +0100, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > >> Subject : kernel BUG at kernel/time/tick-sched.c:168 (CONFIG_NO_HZ)
> > >> References : http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/2/16/346
> > >> Submitter : Michal Piotrowski <michal.k.k.piotrowski@gmail.com>
> > >> Handled-By : Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> > >> Status : problem is being debugged
> > >
> > > The BUG_ON() was replaced by a warning printk(). The BUG_ON() exposed a
> > > problem with the SMT scheduler. See below.
> > >
> > >> Subject : BUG: soft lockup detected on CPU#0
> > >> NOHZ: local_softirq_pending 20 (SMT scheduler)
> > >> References : http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/2/20/257
> > >> Submitter : Michal Piotrowski <michal.k.k.piotrowski@gmail.com>
> > >> Handled-By : Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de>
> > >> Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>
> > >> Status : problem is being debugged
> > >
> > > Patch available, not confirmed yet.
> > >
> >
> > I can confirm that the bug is fixed (over 20 hours of testing should
> > be enough).
>
> thanks alot! I think this thing was a long-term performance/latency
> regression in HT scheduling as well.

Agreed.

I was recently looking at that spot because I found that niced tasks
were taking latency hits, and disabled it, which helped a bunch. I also
can't understand why it would be OK to interleave a normal task with an
RT task sometimes, but not others.. that's meaningless to the RT task.

IMHO, SMT scheduling should be a buyer beware thing. Maximizing your
core utilization comes at a price, but so does disabling it, so I think
letting the user decide what he wants is the right thing to do.

-Mike

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