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SubjectRe: [RFC/RFT PATCH] sched: automated per tty task groups
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On Tue, 2010-10-19 at 08:28 -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 19, 2010 at 4:29 AM, Mike Galbraith <efault@gmx.de> wrote:

> So I think the patch looks pretty good, and the numbers seem to look
> just stunningly so, but I'd like to name the feature more along the
> lines of "automatic process group scheduling" rather than about tty's
> per se.

Oh, absolutely, that's what it's all about really. What I'd _like_ is
to get per process group scheduling working on the cheap..ish. Your
idea of tty cgoups looked much simpler though, so I figured that would
be a great place to start. It turned out to be much simpler than I
thought it would be, which is encouraging, and it works well in testing
(so far that is).

> And you actually did that for the Kconfig option, which makes me quite happy.

(Ingo's input.. spot on)

> The one other thing I do wonder about is how noticeable the group
> scheduling overhead is.

Very noticeable, cgroups is far from free. It would make no sense for a
performance freak to even think about it. I don't run cgroup enabled
kernels usually, and generally strip to the bone because I favor
throughput very very heavily, but when I look at the desktop under load,
the cost/performance trade-off ~seems to work out.

> If people compare with a non-CGROUP_SCHED
> kernel, will a desktop-optimized kernel suddenly have horrible pipe
> latency due to much higher scheduling cost? Right now that whole
> feature is hidden by EXPERIMENTAL, I don't know how much it hurts, and
> I never timed it when I tried it out long ago..

The scheduling cost is quite high. But realistically, the cost of a
distro kernel with full featured network stack is (much) higher. I
seriously doubt the cost of cgroups would be noticed by the typical
_desktop_ user. Overall latencies for any switchy microbenchmark will
certainly be considerably higher with the feature enabled.

-Mike



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