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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 02/15] nohz_task: Avoid nohz task cpu as non-idle timer target
On Mon, Dec 20, 2010 at 04:47:58PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, 2010-12-20 at 16:24 +0100, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
> > Unbound timers are preferably targeted for non idle cpu. If
> > possible though, prioritize idle cpus over nohz task cpus,
> > because the main point of nohz task is to avoid unnecessary
> > timer interrupts.
>
> Oh is it?
>
> I'd very much expect the cpu that arms the timer to get the interrupt. I
> mean, if the task doesn't want to get interrupted by timers,
> _DON'T_USE_TIMERS_ to begin with.
>
> So no, don't much like this at all.

I suspect TIMER_NOT_PINNED has been introduced to save some power by
avoiding to wake up idle cpus.

This is used by mod_timer(), schedule_timeout(), mod_timer_pending()
So that's widely used and removing that could have a deep impact on
power.


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