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SubjectRe: [tbench regression fixes]: digging out smelly deadmen.

* Evgeniy Polyakov <s0mbre@tservice.net.ru> wrote:

> Hi Ingo.
>
> On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 11:15:11AM +0200, Ingo Molnar (mingo@elte.hu) wrote:
>
> > >
> > > I use tsc clocksource, also available acpi_pm and jiffies,
> > > with acpi_pm performance is even lower (I stopped test after it dropped
> > > below 340 MB/s mark), jiffies do not work at all, looks like sockets
> > > stuck in time_wait state when this clock source is used, although that
> > > may be some different issue.
> > >
> > > So I think hrticks are guilty, but still not as good as .25 tree without
> > > mentioned changes (455 MB/s) and .24 (475 MB/s).
> >
> > i'm glad that you are looking into this! That is an SMP box, right? If
> > yes then could you try this sched-domains tuning utility i have written
> > yesterday (incidentally):
> >
> > http://redhat.com/~mingo/cfs-scheduler/tune-sched-domains
>
> I've removed SD_BALANCE_NEWIDLE:
> # ./tune-sched-domains $[191-2]
> changed /proc/sys/kernel/sched_domain/cpu0/domain0/flags: 191 => 189
> SD flag: 189
> + 1: SD_LOAD_BALANCE: Do load balancing on this domain
> - 2: SD_BALANCE_NEWIDLE: Balance when about to become idle
> + 4: SD_BALANCE_EXEC: Balance on exec
> + 8: SD_BALANCE_FORK: Balance on fork, clone
> + 16: SD_WAKE_IDLE: Wake to idle CPU on task wakeup
> + 32: SD_WAKE_AFFINE: Wake task to waking CPU
> - 64: SD_WAKE_BALANCE: Perform balancing at task wakeup
> + 128: SD_SHARE_CPUPOWER: Domain members share cpu power
> changed /proc/sys/kernel/sched_domain/cpu0/domain1/flags: 47 => 189
> SD flag: 189
> + 1: SD_LOAD_BALANCE: Do load balancing on this domain
> - 2: SD_BALANCE_NEWIDLE: Balance when about to become idle
> + 4: SD_BALANCE_EXEC: Balance on exec
> + 8: SD_BALANCE_FORK: Balance on fork, clone
> + 16: SD_WAKE_IDLE: Wake to idle CPU on task wakeup
> + 32: SD_WAKE_AFFINE: Wake task to waking CPU
> - 64: SD_WAKE_BALANCE: Perform balancing at task wakeup
> + 128: SD_SHARE_CPUPOWER: Domain members share cpu power
>
> And got noticeble improvement (each new line has fixes from previous):
>
> vanilla 27: 347.222
> no TSO/GSO: 357.331
> no hrticks: 382.983
> no balance: 389.802
>
> > and please, when tuning such scheduler bits, could you run latest
> > tip/master:
> >
> > http://people.redhat.com/mingo/tip.git/README
> >
> > and you need to have CONFIG_SCHED_DEBUG=y enabled for the tuning knobs.
> >
> > so that it's all in sync with upcoming scheduler changes/tunings/fixes.
>
> Ok, I've started to pull it down, I will reply back when things are
> ready.

make sure you have this fix in tip/master already:

5b7dba4: sched_clock: prevent scd->clock from moving backwards

Note: Mike is 100% correct in suggesting that a very good cpu_clock() is
needed for precise scheduling.

i've also Cc:-ed Nick.

Ingo


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