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Subject[PATCH] sched_rt_rq_enqueue() resched idle
Hi Peter,

When sysctl_sched_rt_runtime is set to something other than -1 and the
CONFIG_RT_GROUP_SCHED kernel parameter is NOT enabled, we get into a state
where we see one or more CPUs idling forvever even though there are
tasks in their rt runqueue that are able to run (no longer throttled).

The sequence is:

- A real-time task is running when the timer sets the rt runqueue
to throttled, and the rt task is resched_task()ed and switched
out, and idle is switched in since there are no non-rt tasks to
run on that cpu.

- Eventually the do_sched_rt_period_timer() runs and un-throttles
the rt runqueue, but we just exit the timer interrupt and go back
to executing the idle task in the idle loop forever.

If we change the sched_rt_rq_enqueue() routine to use some of the code
from the CONFIG_RT_GROUP_SCHED enabled version of this same routine and
resched_task() the currently executing task (idle in our case) if it is
a lower priority task than the higher rt task in the now un-throttled
runqueue, the problem is no longer observed.

Thank you for your time and consideration.

Signed-off-by: John Blackwood <>

Index: a/kernel/sched_rt.c
--- a.orig/kernel/sched_rt.c 2008-08-22 15:11:31.000000000 -0400
+++ a/kernel/sched_rt.c 2008-08-22 15:12:36.000000000 -0400
@@ -193,6 +193,12 @@

static inline void sched_rt_rq_enqueue(struct rt_rq *rt_rq)
+ if (rt_rq->rt_nr_running) {
+ struct task_struct *curr = rq_of_rt_rq(rt_rq)->curr;
+ if (rt_rq->highest_prio < curr->prio)
+ resched_task(curr);
+ }

static inline void sched_rt_rq_dequeue(struct rt_rq *rt_rq)

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