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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH] Improving directed yield scalability for PLE handler
On 09/14/2012 10:40 PM, Andrew Jones wrote:
> On Thu, Sep 13, 2012 at 04:30:58PM -0500, Andrew Theurer wrote:
>> On Thu, 2012-09-13 at 17:18 +0530, Raghavendra K T wrote:
>>> * Andrew Theurer<habanero@linux.vnet.ibm.com> [2012-09-11 13:27:41]:
>>>
[...]
>>
>> On picking a better vcpu to yield to: I really hesitate to rely on
>> paravirt hint [telling us which vcpu is holding a lock], but I am not
>> sure how else to reduce the candidate vcpus to yield to. I suspect we
>> are yielding to way more vcpus than are prempted lock-holders, and that
>> IMO is just work accomplishing nothing. Trying to think of way to
>> further reduce candidate vcpus....
>>
>
> wrt to yielding to vcpus for the same cpu, I recently noticed that
> there's a bug in yield_to_task_fair. yield_task_fair() calls
> clear_buddies(), so if we're yielding to a task that has been running on
> the same cpu that we're currently running on, and thus is also on the
> current cfs runqueue, then our 'who to pick next' hint is getting cleared
> right after we set it.
>
> I had hoped that the patch below would show a general improvement in the
> vpu overcommit performance, however the results were variable - no worse,
> no better. Based on your results above showing good improvement from
> interleaving vcpus across the cpus, then that means there was a decent
> percent of these types of yields going on. So since the patch didn't
> change much that indicates that the next hinting isn't generally taken
> too seriously by the scheduler. Anyway, the patch should correct the
> code per its design, and testing shows that it didn't make anything worse,
> so I'll post it soon. Also, in order to try and improve how far set-next
> can jump ahead in the queue, I tested a kernel with group scheduling
> compiled out (libvirt uses cgroups and I'm not sure autogroups may affect
> things). I did get slight improvement with that, but nothing to write home
> to mom about.
>
> diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> index c219bf8..7d8a21d 100644
> --- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
> +++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> @@ -3037,11 +3037,12 @@ static bool yield_to_task_fair(struct rq *rq, struct task_struct *p, bool preemp
> if (!se->on_rq || throttled_hierarchy(cfs_rq_of(se)))
> return false;
>
> + /* We're yielding, so tell the scheduler we don't want to be picked */
> + yield_task_fair(rq);
> +
> /* Tell the scheduler that we'd really like pse to run next. */
> set_next_buddy(se);
>
> - yield_task_fair(rq);
> -
> return true;
> }
>

Hi Drew, Agree with your fix and tested the patch too.. results are
pretty much same. puzzled why so.

thinking ... may be we hit this when #vcpu (of a VM) > #pcpu?
(pigeonhole principle ;)).


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