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SubjectRe: [Announce] [patch] Modular Scheduler Core and Completely Fair Scheduler [CFS]

* William Lee Irwin III <wli@holomorphy.com> wrote:

> On Mon, Apr 16, 2007 at 11:50:03PM -0700, Davide Libenzi wrote:
> > I had a quick look at Ingo's code yesterday. Ingo is always smart to
> > prepare a main dish (feature) with a nice sider (code cleanup) to
> > Linus ;) And even this code does that pretty nicely. The deadline
> > designs looks good, although I think the final "key" calculation
> > code will end up quite different from what it looks now.
>
> The additive nice_offset breaks nice levels. A multiplicative priority
> weighting of a different, nonnegative metric of cpu utilization from
> what's now used is required for nice levels to work. I've been trying
> to point this out politely by strongly suggesting testing whether nice
> levels work.

granted, CFS's nice code is still incomplete, but you err quite
significantly with this extreme statement that they are "broken".

nice levels certainly work to a fair degree even in the current code and
much of the focus is elsewhere - just try it. (In fact i claim that
CFS's nice levels often work _better_ than the mainline scheduler's nice
level support, for the testcases that matter to users.)

The precise behavior of nice levels, as i pointed it out in previous
mails, is largely 'uninteresting' and it has changed multiple times in
the past 10 years.

What matters to users is mainly: whether X reniced to -10 does get
enough CPU time and whether stuff reniced to +19 doesnt take away too
much CPU time from the rest of the system. _How_ a Linux scheduler
achieves this is an internal matter and certainly CFS does it in a hacky
way at the moment.

All the rest, 'CPU bandwidth utilization' or whatever abstract metric we
could come up with is just a fancy academic technicality that has no
real significance to any of the testers who are trying CFS right now.

Sure we prefer final solutions that are clean and make sense (because
such things are the easiest to maintain long-term), and often such final
solutions are quite close to academic concepts, and i think Davide
correctly observed this by saying that "the final key calculation code
will end up quite different from what it looks now", but your
extreme-end claim of 'breakage' for something that is just plain
incomplete is not really a fair characterisation at this point.

Anyone who thinks that there exists only two kinds of code: 100% correct
and 100% incorrect with no shades of grey inbetween is in reality a sort
of an extremist: whom, depending on mood and affection, we could call
either a 'coding purist' or a 'coding taliban' ;-)

Ingo
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