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SubjectRe: [patch] sched: fix broken smt/mc optimizations with CFS
On Mon, Aug 27, 2007 at 12:31:03PM -0700, Siddha, Suresh B wrote:
> Essentially I observed that nice 0 tasks still endup on two cores of same
> package, with out getting spread out to two different packages. This behavior
> is same with out this fix and this fix doesn't help in any way.

Ingo, Appended patch seems to fix the issue and as far as I can test, seems ok
to me.

This is a quick fix for .23. Peter Williams and myself plan to look at
code cleanups in this area (HT/MC optimizations) post .23

BTW, with this fix, do you want to retain the current FUZZ value?


Try to fix MC/HT scheduler optimization breakage again, with out breaking
the FUZZ logic.

First fix the check
if (*imbalance + SCHED_LOAD_SCALE_FUZZ < busiest_load_per_task)
with this
if (*imbalance < busiest_load_per_task)

As the current check is always false for nice 0 tasks (as SCHED_LOAD_SCALE_FUZZ
is same as busiest_load_per_task for nice 0 tasks).

With the above change, imbalance was getting reset to 0 in the corner case
condition, making the FUZZ logic fail. Fix it by not corrupting the
imbalance and change the imbalance, only when it finds that the
HT/MC optimization is needed.

Signed-off-by: Suresh Siddha <>

diff --git a/kernel/sched.c b/kernel/sched.c
index 9fe473a..03e5e8d 100644
--- a/kernel/sched.c
+++ b/kernel/sched.c
@@ -2511,7 +2511,7 @@ group_next:
* a think about bumping its value to force at least one task to be
* moved
- if (*imbalance + SCHED_LOAD_SCALE_FUZZ < busiest_load_per_task) {
+ if (*imbalance < busiest_load_per_task) {
unsigned long tmp, pwr_now, pwr_move;
unsigned int imbn;

@@ -2563,10 +2563,8 @@ small_imbalance:
pwr_move /= SCHED_LOAD_SCALE;

/* Move if we gain throughput */
- if (pwr_move <= pwr_now)
- goto out_balanced;
- *imbalance = busiest_load_per_task;
+ if (pwr_move > pwr_now)
+ *imbalance = busiest_load_per_task;

return busiest;
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