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SubjectRe: [PATCH] x86: use cpufreq_quick_get() for /proc/cpuinfo "cpu MHz" again
On 11/10/17 at 12:04P, WANG Chao wrote:
> On 11/10/17 at 01:06P, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > On Thursday, November 9, 2017 11:30:54 PM CET Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > > On Thu, Nov 9, 2017 at 5:06 PM, Rafael J. Wysocki
> > > <rafael.j.wysocki@intel.com> wrote:
> > > > Hi Linus,
> > > >
> > > > On 11/9/2017 11:38 AM, WANG Chao wrote:
> > > >>
> > > >> Commit 941f5f0f6ef5 (x86: CPU: Fix up "cpu MHz" in /proc/cpuinfo) caused
> > > >> a serious performance issue when reading from /proc/cpuinfo on system
> > > >> with aperfmperf.
> > > >>
> > > >> For each cpu, arch_freq_get_on_cpu() sleeps 20ms to get its frequency.
> > > >> On a system with 64 cpus, it takes 1.5s to finish running `cat
> > > >> /proc/cpuinfo`, while it previously was done in 15ms.
> > > >
> > > > Honestly, I'm not sure what to do to address this ATM.
> > > >
> > > > The last requested frequency is only available in the non-HWP case, so it
> > > > cannot be used universally.
> > >
> > > OK, here's an idea.
> > >
> > > c_start() can run aperfmperf_snapshot_khz() on all CPUs upfront (say
> > > in parallel), then wait for a while (say 5 ms; the current 20 ms wait
> > > is overkill) and then aperfmperf_snapshot_khz() can be run once on
> > > each CPU in show_cpuinfo() without taking the "stale cache" threshold
> > > into account.
> > >
> > > I'm going to try that and see how far I can get with it.
> >
> > Below is what I have.
> >
> > I ended up using APERFMPERF_REFRESH_DELAY_MS for the delay in
> > aperfmperf_snapshot_all(), because 5 ms tended to add too much
> > variation to the results on my test box.
> >
> > I think it may be reduced to 10 ms, though.
> >
> > Chao, can you please try this one and report back?
>
> Hi, Rafael
>
> Thanks for the patch. But it doesn't work for me. lscpu takes 1.5s to
> finish on a 64 cpus AMD box with aperfmperf.
>
> You missed the fact that c_start() will also be called by c_next().
>
> But I don't think the overall idea is good enough. I think /proc/cpuinfo
> is too general for usespace too be delayed, no matter it's 10ms or 20ms.
>
> My point is cpu MHz is best to use a cached value for quick access. If
> people are looking for reliable and accurate cpu frequency,
> /proc/cpuinfo is probably a bad idae.
>
> What do you think?

Could you also explain 941f5f0f6ef5 (x86: CPU: Fix up "cpu MHz" in
/proc/cpuinfo) please? The commit message is not clear for me.

Are there any upstream disscutions? I wasn't following this change in
upstream. Now I can't find any.

Thanks,
WANG Chao

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