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SubjectRe: PROBLEM: high load average when idle
On 10/02/2007 06:07 PM, Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Tue, 02 Oct 2007 23:37:31 +0200 (CEST)
> Anders Bostr__m <anders@bostrom.dyndns.org> wrote:
>
>> My computer suffers from high load average when the system is idle,
>> introduced by commit 44d306e1508fef6fa7a6eb15a1aba86ef68389a6 .
>>
>> Long story:
>>
>> 2.6.20 and all later versions I've tested, including 2.6.21 and
>> 2.6.22, make the load average high. Even when the computer is totally
>> idle (I've tested in single user mode), the load average end up
>> at ~0.30. The computer is still responsive, and the only fault seems
>> to be the too high load average. All versions up to and including
>> 2.6.19.7 is fine, and don't suffer from the problem.
>>
>> I git bisect between 2.6.19 and 2.6.20 gave me
>> 44d306e1508fef6fa7a6eb15a1aba86ef68389a6 "[PATCH] user of the jiffies
>> rounding code: JBD" as the first patch with the
>> problem. 2.6.20 with 44d306e1508fef6fa7a6eb15a1aba86ef68389a6 reverted
>> works fine. 2.6.23-rc8 with 44d306e1508fef6fa7a6eb15a1aba86ef68389a6
>> reverted also works fine.
>>
>> This fixes the problem:
>>
>> -------------------------- fs/jbd/transaction.c -----------------------------
>> index cceaf57..d38e0d5 100644
>> @@ -55,7 +55,7 @@ get_transaction(journal_t *journal, transaction_t *transaction)
>> spin_lock_init(&transaction->t_handle_lock);
>>
>> /* Set up the commit timer for the new transaction. */
>> - journal->j_commit_timer.expires = round_jiffies(transaction->t_expires);
>> + journal->j_commit_timer.expires = transaction->t_expires;
>> add_timer(&journal->j_commit_timer);
>>
>> J_ASSERT(journal->j_running_transaction == NULL);
>>
>>
>> I've only seen this problem on my home desktop computer. My work
>> desktop computer and several other computers at work don't suffer from
>> this problem. However, all other computers I've tested on is using
>> AMD64 as architecture, and not i386 as my home desktop computer.
>>
>> Please let me know how I can assist in further debugging of this, if
>> needed.
>
> This is unexpected. High load average is due to either a task chewing a
> lot of CPU time or a task stuck in uninterruptible sleep.
>

Or, everybody wakes up at once right when we are taking a sample. :)
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