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SubjectRe: [PATCH v7 0/8] Tunable sched_mc_power_savings=n
* Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu> [2008-12-18 21:19:38]:

>
> * Vaidyanathan Srinivasan <svaidy@linux.vnet.ibm.com> wrote:
>
> > Hi,
> >
> > The existing power saving loadbalancer CONFIG_SCHED_MC attempts to run
> > the workload in the system on minimum number of CPU packages and tries
> > to keep rest of the CPU packages idle for longer duration. Thus
> > consolidating workloads to fewer packages help other packages to be in
> > idle state and save power. The current implementation is very
> > conservative and does not work effectively across different workloads.
> > Initial idea of tunable sched_mc_power_savings=n was proposed to enable
> > tuning of the power saving load balancer based on the system
> > configuration, workload characteristics and end user requirements.
> >
> > The power savings and performance of the given workload in an under
> > utilised system can be controlled by setting values of 0, 1 or 2 to
> > /sys/devices/system/cpu/sched_mc_power_savings with 0 being highest
> > performance and least power savings and level 2 indicating maximum power
> > savings even at the cost of slight performance degradation.
> >
> > Please refer to the following discussions and article for details.
> >
> > [1]Making power policy just work
> > http://lwn.net/Articles/287924/
> >
> > [2][RFC v1] Tunable sched_mc_power_savings=n
> > http://lwn.net/Articles/287882/
> >
> > v2: http://lwn.net/Articles/297306/
> > v3: http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/11/10/260
> > v4: http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/11/21/47
> > v5: http://lkml.org/lkml/2008/12/11/178
> > v6: http://lwn.net/Articles/311830/
> >
> > The following series of patch demonstrates the basic framework for
> > tunable sched_mc_power_savings.
> >
> > This version of the patch incorporates comments and feedback received
> > on the previous post from Andrew Morton.
> >
> > Changes form v6:
> > ----------------
> > * Convert BALANCE_FOR_xx_POWER and related macros to inline functions
> > based on comments from Andrew and Ingo.
> > * Ran basic kernelbench test and did not see any performance variation
> > due to the changes.
> >
> > Changes form v5:
> > ---------------
> > * Fixed the sscanf bug and checking for (p->flags & PF_KTHREAD)
> > * Dropped the RFC prefix to indicate that the patch is ready for
> > testing and inclusion
> > * Patch series against 2.6.28-rc8 kernel
>
> thanks, applied - and i started testing them. It needed some help here and
> there to resolve conflicts with pending cpumask changes. Could you please
> double-check the merged up end result in the latest scheduler devel tree:
>
> http://people.redhat.com/mingo/tip.git/README

Thanks Ingo. I will review and check the cpumask changes.
I will test the tip tree as well and provide you feedback.

I will look forward to test/bug reports from others on the patch
series and help with the fix.

--Vaidy


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