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SubjectRe: [patch] sched-2.5.59-A2
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On Monday 20 January 2003 10:28, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> On Sun, 19 Jan 2003, Erich Focht wrote:
> > The results:
> > - kernbench UserTime is best for the 2.5.59 scheduler (623s). IngoB0
> > best value 627.33s for idle=20ms, busy=2000ms.
> > - hackbench: 2.5.59 scheduler is significantly better for all
> > measurements.
> >
> > I suppose this comes from the fact that the 2.5.59 version has the
> > chance to load_balance across nodes when a cpu goes idle. No idea what
> > other reason it could be... Maybe anybody else?
>
> this shows that agressive idle-rebalancing is the most important factor. I
> think this means that the unification of the balancing code should go into
> the other direction: ie. applying the ->nr_balanced logic to the SMP
> balancer as well.

Could you please explain your idea? As far as I understand, the SMP
balancer (pre-NUMA) tries a global rebalance at each call. Maybe you
mean something different...

> kernelbench is the kind of benchmark that is most sensitive to over-eager
> global balancing, and since the 2.5.59 ->nr_balanced logic produced the
> best results, it clearly shows it's not over-eager. hackbench is one that
> is quite sensitive to under-balancing. Ie. trying to maximize both will
> lead us to a good balance.

Yes! Actually the currently implemented nr_balanced logic is pretty
dumb: the counter reaches the cross-node balance threshold after a
certain number of calls to intra-node lb, no matter whether these were
successfull or not. I'd like to try incrementing the counter only on
unsuccessfull load balances, this would give a clear priority to
intra-node balancing and a clear and controllable delay for cross-node
balancing. A tiny patch for this (for 2.5.59) is attached. As the name
nr_balanced would be misleading for this kind of usage, I renamed it
to nr_lb_failed.

Regards,
Erich
diff -urNp 2.5.59-topo/kernel/sched.c 2.5.59-topo-succ/kernel/sched.c
--- 2.5.59-topo/kernel/sched.c 2003-01-17 03:22:29.000000000 +0100
+++ 2.5.59-topo-succ/kernel/sched.c 2003-01-20 13:06:04.000000000 +0100
@@ -156,7 +156,7 @@ struct runqueue {
int prev_nr_running[NR_CPUS];
#ifdef CONFIG_NUMA
atomic_t *node_nr_running;
- unsigned int nr_balanced;
+ unsigned int nr_lb_failed;
int prev_node_load[MAX_NUMNODES];
#endif
task_t *migration_thread;
@@ -770,11 +770,11 @@ static inline unsigned long cpus_to_bala
int this_node = __cpu_to_node(this_cpu);
/*
* Avoid rebalancing between nodes too often.
- * We rebalance globally once every NODE_BALANCE_RATE load balances.
+ * We rebalance globally after NODE_BALANCE_RATE failed load balances.
*/
- if (++(this_rq->nr_balanced) == NODE_BALANCE_RATE) {
+ if (this_rq->nr_lb_failed == NODE_BALANCE_RATE) {
int node = find_busiest_node(this_node);
- this_rq->nr_balanced = 0;
+ this_rq->nr_lb_failed = 0;
if (node >= 0)
return (__node_to_cpu_mask(node) | (1UL << this_cpu));
}
@@ -892,6 +892,10 @@ static inline runqueue_t *find_busiest_q
busiest = NULL;
}
out:
+#ifdef CONFIG_NUMA
+ if (!busiest)
+ this_rq->nr_lb_failed++;
+#endif
return busiest;
}
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