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SubjectRe: HT (Hyper Threading) aware process scheduling doesn't work as it should
On Thu, 03 Nov 2011, Artem S. Tashkinov wrote:
> So, now the question is whether VCPUs quite an illogical enumeration is good for
> power users as I highly doubt that 0-4, 1-5, 2-6 and 3-7 order can be easily
> remembered and grasped. Besides neither top, not htop are HT aware so just by

Power users are directed to hwloc. There's a reason I pointed you to it.
hwloc would have told you upfront your real memory/cache/core/thread
topology, either in text mode, through graphics, or as XML:

Here's hwloc's "lstopo" text output for my single-processor X5550:

Machine (6029MB) + Socket #0 + L3 #0 (8192KB)
L2 #0 (256KB) + L1 #0 (32KB) + Core #0
PU #0 (phys=0)
PU #1 (phys=4)
L2 #1 (256KB) + L1 #1 (32KB) + Core #1
PU #2 (phys=1)
PU #3 (phys=5)
L2 #2 (256KB) + L1 #2 (32KB) + Core #2
PU #4 (phys=2)
PU #5 (phys=6)
L2 #3 (256KB) + L1 #3 (32KB) + Core #3
PU #6 (phys=3)
PU #7 (phys=7)

http://www.open-mpi.org/projects/hwloc/

and examples/documentation:
http://www.open-mpi.org/projects/hwloc/doc/v1.3/

Most likely, your distro will have it packaged.

You should also try the turbostat tool I pointed you at, it lives in the
"tools/power/x86" folder inside the kernel source, and will help you track
processor core performance a lot better than top/htop (but not what is using
the cores):

(turbostat output):
core CPU %c0 GHz TSC %c1 %c3 %c6 %pc3 %pc6
0.29 1.60 2.67 0.94 12.63 86.14 0.00 0.00
0 0 0.31 1.60 2.67 1.62 3.21 94.87 0.00 0.00
0 4 0.48 1.61 2.67 1.45 3.21 94.87 0.00 0.00
1 1 0.18 1.60 2.67 0.91 2.17 96.75 0.00 0.00
1 5 0.24 1.60 2.67 0.84 2.17 96.75 0.00 0.00
2 2 0.03 1.60 2.67 0.07 0.16 99.74 0.00 0.00
2 6 0.02 1.60 2.67 0.08 0.16 99.74 0.00 0.00
3 3 1.00 1.60 2.67 0.83 44.97 53.20 0.00 0.00
3 7 0.09 1.60 2.67 1.75 44.97 53.20 0.00 0.00

Which tells me my system spends most of its time sleeping. You will notice
it does tell you upfront that core 0 is CPUs 0 and 4.

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them all and in the darkness grind them. In the Land of Redmond
where the shadows lie." -- The Silicon Valley Tarot
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