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SubjectRe: sched: ARM: arch_scale_freq_power
On 11 October 2011 11:13, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-10-11 at 10:51 +0200, Vincent Guittot wrote:
>> I have several goals. The 1st one is that I need to put more load on
>> some cpus when I have packages with different cpu frequency.
> That should be rather easy.

I agree, I was mainly wondering If I should use a [1-1024] or a
[1024-xxxx] range and it seems that both can be used according : SMT
uses <1024 and x86 turbo mode uses >1024

>> I also study if I can follow the real cpu frequency but it seems to be
>> not so easy.
> Why not?

In fact, the problem is not really to follow the frequency but to be
sure that update_group_power is called often enough by load_balance.
The newly_idle event was also one main problem.

>>  I have noticed that the cpu_power is updated periodical
>> except when we have a lot of newly_idle events.
> We can certainly fix that.

That's a good news.

>> Then, I have some use cases which have several running tasks but a low
>> cpu load. In this case, the small tasks are spread on several cpu by
>> the load_balance whereas they could be easily handled by one cpu
>> without significant performance modification.
> That shouldn't be done using cpu_power, we have sched_smt_power_savings
> and sched_mc_power_savings for stuff like that.

sched_mc_power_saving works fine when we have more than 2 cpus but
can't apply on a dual core because it needs at least 2 sched_groups
and the nr_running of these sched_groups must be higher than 0 but
smaller than group_capacity which is 1 on a dual core system.

> Although I would really like to kill all those different
> sched_*_power_savings knobs and reduce it to one.
>> If the cpu_power is
>> higher than 1024, the cpu is no more seen out of capacity by the
>> load_balance as soon as a short process is running and teh main result
>> is that the small tasks will stay on the same cpu. This configuration
>> is mainly usefull for ARM dual core system when we want to power gate
>> one cpu. I use cyclictest to simulate such use case.
> Yeah, but that's wrong.

That's the only way I have found to gathers small task without any
relationship on one cpu. Do you know any better solution ?

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