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SubjectRe: [performance bug] volanomark regression on 37-rc1
forgot to add cc-list in previous mail.

On Wed, Nov 17, 2010 at 11:42 AM, Nikhil Rao <ncrao@google.com> wrote:
> On Tue, Nov 16, 2010 at 5:17 PM, Alex,Shi <alex.shi@intel.com> wrote:
>>
>> In the original source (.36 kernel) the rq->idle_stamp is set as zero
>> after task was pulled to this cpu in load_balance(). Nikhil move this
>> setting to pull_task(), that has same effect.
>> I don't know what the details effect of removing idle_stamp setting
>> instead of recovered it on idle_balance(). :)
>>
>> My machines are doing rc2 performance testing. I may try this patch
>> after testing finish.
>>
>> The following is part of Nikhil's old patch.
>> ===
>> @@ -3162,10 +3186,8 @@ static void idle_balance(int this_cpu, struct rq
>> *this_rq)
>>                interval = msecs_to_jiffies(sd->balance_interval);
>>                if (time_after(next_balance, sd->last_balance +
>> interval))
>>                        next_balance = sd->last_balance + interval;
>> -               if (pulled_task) {
>> -                       this_rq->idle_stamp = 0;
>> +               if (pulled_task)
>>                        break;
>> -               }
>>        }
>>
>> Regards
>> Alex
>>
>
> Ah, should have caught this when reviewing Mike's patch. :-(
>
> Thanks for catching that. We need to reset idle_stamp to 0 or else the avg_idle
> calculations are incorrect. I've attached a patch below that resets idle_stamp
> in the newidle path when we pull.
>
> ---
> sched: volanomark regression fix (part 2)
>
> An earlier commit reverts idle balancing throttling reset to fix a 30%
> regression in volanomark throughput. We still need to reset idle_stamp when we
> pull a task in newidle balance.
>
> Reported-by: Alex Shi <alex.shi@intel.com>
> Signed-off-by: Nikhil Rao <ncrao@google.com>
> ---
>  kernel/sched_fair.c |    4 +++-
>  1 files changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/kernel/sched_fair.c b/kernel/sched_fair.c
> index 83f65dd..e6e7d4b 100644
> --- a/kernel/sched_fair.c
> +++ b/kernel/sched_fair.c
> @@ -3193,8 +3193,10 @@ static void idle_balance(int this_cpu, struct rq *this_rq)
>                interval = msecs_to_jiffies(sd->balance_interval);
>                if (time_after(next_balance, sd->last_balance + interval))
>                        next_balance = sd->last_balance + interval;
> -               if (pulled_task)
> +               if (pulled_task) {
> +                       this_rq->idle_stamp = 0;
>                        break;
> +               }
>        }
>
>        raw_spin_lock(&this_rq->lock);
> --
> 1.7.3.1
>
>
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