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SubjectRe: [RFC/RFT PATCH v3] sched: automated per tty task groups
Samuel Thibault, le Fri 19 Nov 2010 01:02:04 +0100, a écrit :
> Linus Torvalds, le Thu 18 Nov 2010 15:51:35 -0800, a écrit :
> > On Thu, Nov 18, 2010 at 3:43 PM, Samuel Thibault
> > <samuel.thibault@ens-lyon.org> wrote:
> > >
> > > What overhead? The implementation of cgroups is actually already
> > > hierarchical.
> >
> > Well, at least the actual group creation overhead.
> >
> > If it's a "only at setsid()", that's a fairly rare thing (although I
> > think somebody might want to run something like the AIM7 benchmark - I
> > have this memory of it doing lots of tty tests).
> >
> > Or if it's only at "user launches new program from window manager",
> > that's rare too.
> >
> > But if you do it per process group, now you're doing one for each
> > command invocation in a shell, for example.
>
> Well, if it's from an interactive shell, it's not really a problem :)
>
> But when it's from a script it can become one, yes. But are cgroups so
> expensive?
>
> > If you're doing things per thread, you've already lost.
>
> Not per thread, per process, i.e. put threads of the same process in the
> same cgroup. Again, I would have thought that creating a cgroup is very
> lightweight in front of a fork(). If not, maybe we are just looking for
> another, more lightweight container information that the scheduler would
> use [1], and keep more heavyweight containers for the non-automatic
> creation way.
>
> > Also, remember the goal: it was never about some theoretical end
> > result. It's all about a simple heuristic that makes things work
> > better. Trying to do that "perfectly" totally and utterly misses the
> > whole point.
>
> Sure. Using sid should already be quite good, but including the uid
> information as well should be easily even better.

Also note that having a hierarchical process structure should permit to
make things globally more efficient: avoid putting e.g. your cpp, cc1,
and asm processes at three corners of your 4-socket NUMA machine :)

Samuel
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