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SubjectRe: [PATCH 6/7] KVM-GST: adjust scheduler cpu power
On 06/14/2011 07:42 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-06-13 at 19:31 -0400, Glauber Costa wrote:
>> @@ -1981,12 +1987,29 @@ static void update_rq_clock_task(struct rq
>> *rq, s64 delta)
>>
>> rq->prev_irq_time += irq_delta;
>> delta -= irq_delta;
>> +#endif
>> +#ifdef CONFIG_PARAVIRT_TIME_ACCOUNTING
>> + if (static_branch((&paravirt_steal_rq_enabled))) {
>
> Why is that a different variable from the touch_steal_time() one?

because they track different things, touch_steal_time() and
update_rq_clock() are
called from different places at different situations.

If we advance prev_steal_time in touch_steal_time(), and later on call
update_rq_clock_task(), we won't discount the time already flushed from
the rq_clock. Conversely, if we call update_rq_clock_task(), and only
then arrive at touch_steal_time, we won't account steal time properly.

update_rq_clock_task() is called whenever update_rq_clock() is called.
touch_steal_time is called every tick. If there is a causal relation
between them that would allow us to track it in a single location, I
fail to realize.

>> +
>> + steal = paravirt_steal_clock(cpu_of(rq));
>> + steal -= rq->prev_steal_time_acc;
>> +
>> + rq->prev_steal_time_acc += steal;
>
> You have this addition in the wrong place, when you clip:

I begin by disagreeing
>> + if (steal> delta)
>> + steal = delta;
>
> you just lost your steal delta, so the addition to prev_steal_time_acc
> needs to be after the clip.
Unlike irq time, steal time can be extremely huge. Just think of a
virtual machine that got interrupted for a very long time. We'd have
steal >> delta, leading to steal == delta for a big number of iterations.
That would affect cpu power for an extended period of time, not
reflecting present situation, just the past. So I like to think of delta
as a hard cap for steal time.

Obviously, I am open to debate.
>
>> + delta -= steal;
>> + }
>> +#endif
>> +
>> rq->clock_task += delta;
>>
>> - if (irq_delta&& sched_feat(NONIRQ_POWER))
>> - sched_rt_avg_update(rq, irq_delta);
>> + if ((irq_delta + steal)&& sched_feat(NONTASK_POWER))
>> + sched_rt_avg_update(rq, irq_delta + steal);
>> }



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