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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/19] scheduler: implement workqueue scheduler class

* Avi Kivity <avi@redhat.com> wrote:

> On 10/01/2009 08:48 PM, Ingo Molnar wrote:
>> We could do what Avi suggested: not use scheduler classes at all for
>> this (that brings in other limitations like lack of p->policy freedom),
>> but use the existing preempt-notifications callbacks.
>>
>> They are per task - we would simply make preempt notifiers
>> unconditional, i.e. remove CONFIG_PREEMPT_NOTIFIERS and make it all
>> unconditional scheduler logic.
>
> Sure, but it would mean that we need a new notifier. sched_out,
> sched_in, and wakeup (and, return to userspace, with the new
> notifier).

perf events have sched out, sched in and wakeup events. Return to
user-space would be interesting to add as well. (and overhead of that
can be hidden via TIF - like you did via the return-to-userspace
notifiers)

Sounds more generally useful (and less scary) than (clever but somewhat
limiting) sched_class hackery.

I.e. i'd prefer if we had just one callback facility in those codepaths,
minimizing the hotpath overhead and providing a coherent API.

> btw, I've been thinking we should extend concurrency managed
> workqueues to userspace. Right now userspace can spawn a massive
> amount of threads, hoping to hide any waiting by making more work
> available to the scheduler. That has the drawback of increasing
> latency due to involuntary preemption. Or userspace can use one
> thread per cpu, hope it's the only application on the machine, and go
> all-aio.
>
> But what if we added a way for userspace to tell the kernel to fork
> off threads when processing power and work to do are both available?
> The scheduler knows when there is processing power, and an epoll fd
> can tell it when there is work to do. So the scheduler will create
> threads to saturate the processors, if one of them waits for I/O the
> scheduler forks off another one until all queues are busy again.

Sounds like syslets done right?

Ingo


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