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SubjectRe: High CPU load when machine is idle (related to PROBLEM: Unusually high load average when idle in 2.6.35, 2.6.35.1 and later)
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On Thu, 2010-11-25 at 15:03 +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:

> I'll try and get around to it somewhere this week again.

How does this work for you? Its hideous but lets start simple.

---
kernel/sched.c | 5 +++++
kernel/timer.c | 14 ++++++++++++--
2 files changed, 17 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)
diff --git a/kernel/sched.c b/kernel/sched.c
index dc91a4d..2ebb07c 100644
--- a/kernel/sched.c
+++ b/kernel/sched.c
@@ -3223,6 +3223,11 @@ static void calc_load_account_active(struct rq *this_rq)
this_rq->calc_load_update += LOAD_FREQ;
}

+void calc_load_account_this(void)
+{
+ calc_load_account_active(this_rq());
+}
+
/*
* The exact cpuload at various idx values, calculated at every tick would be
* load = (2^idx - 1) / 2^idx * load + 1 / 2^idx * cur_load
diff --git a/kernel/timer.c b/kernel/timer.c
index 68a9ae7..af095c0 100644
--- a/kernel/timer.c
+++ b/kernel/timer.c
@@ -1315,11 +1315,21 @@ void run_local_timers(void)
* jiffies is defined in the linker script...
*/

+extern void calc_load_account_this(void);
+
void do_timer(unsigned long ticks)
{
- jiffies_64 += ticks;
+ if (ticks > 1) {
+ while (ticks--) {
+ jiffies_64++;
+ calc_load_account_this();
+ calc_global_load();
+ }
+ } else {
+ jiffies_64 += ticks;
+ calc_global_load();
+ }
update_wall_time();
- calc_global_load();
}

#ifdef __ARCH_WANT_SYS_ALARM


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