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Subjectsched_mc_power_savings broken with CGROUPS+CPUSETS

sched_mc_power_savings seems to be broken with CGROUPS+CPUSETS.
When CONFIG_CPUSETS=y the attached BUG_ON() is being hit.

I added a BUG_ON to check if SD_POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE is set at
SD_LV_CPU whenever sched_mc_power_savings is set.

This BUG is hit when config CONFIG_CPUSETS (depends on CONFIG_CGROUPS)
is just compiled in while this is never hit when they are compiled
out. The fact that SD_POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE being cleared even when
sched_mc_power_savings = 1 completely breaks the
sched_mc_power_savings heuristics.

To recreate the problem,
Have sched_mc power savings enabled CONFIG_SCHED_MC=y
Add this BUG_ON()

echo 1 > /sys/devices/system/cpu/sched_mc_power_savings

Try these these on a multi core x86 box.

sched_mc_power_savings seems to be broken from 2.6.26-rc1, but
I do not have a confirmation that the root cause is same in all
successive versions. sched_mc_power_savings works perfect in

Please help me root cause the issue. Please point me to changes that
may potential cause this bug.


Signed-off-by: Vaidyanathan Srinivasan <>

Index: linux-2.6.27-rc5/kernel/sched.c
--- linux-2.6.27-rc5.orig/kernel/sched.c 2008-08-29 17:48:56.000000000 +0000
+++ linux-2.6.27-rc5/kernel/sched.c 2008-08-29 18:16:09.000000000 +0000
@@ -3375,6 +3375,8 @@

#if defined(CONFIG_SCHED_MC) || defined(CONFIG_SCHED_SMT)
+ BUG_ON(sched_mc_power_savings && sd->level == SD_LV_CPU &&
+ !(sd->flags & SD_POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE));
if (idle == CPU_NOT_IDLE || !(sd->flags & SD_POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE))
goto ret;

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