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SubjectRe: [RFC] optimize the locking in the rebalance_domains()
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On Mon, 2012-07-23 at 11:25 +0900, Namhyung Kim wrote:
> Hi, Vlad
>
> On Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:23:55 +0300, Vlad Zolotarov wrote:
> > Ingo, we've noticed that rebalance_domains() will try to take a lock
> > every time it's called (every jiffy) if SD_SERIALIZE is set (which is a
> > default configuration). This is done regardless the fact that maybe
> > there hasn't passed enough time since the last rebalancing in which case
> > there is no need to take a lock the first place.
> >
> > The above creates a heavy false sharing problem on the "balancing"
> > spin-lock on large SMP systems: try_lock() is implemented with an
> > (atomic) xchng instruction which invalidates the cache line "balancing"
> > belongs to and therefore creates an intensive cross-NUMA-nodes traffic.
> >
> > The below patch will minimize the above phenomena to the time slots it's
> > really needed, namely when the "interval" has really passed.
> >
> > Pls., comment.
> >
> > thanks,
> > vlad
> >
> > ---
> > kernel/sched/fair.c | 20 +++++++++++---------
> > 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 9 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> > index c099cc6..6777d38 100644
> > --- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
> > +++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> > @@ -4689,6 +4689,9 @@ static void rebalance_domains(int cpu, enum cpu_idle_type idle)
> > interval = msecs_to_jiffies(interval);
> > interval = clamp(interval, 1UL, max_load_balance_interval);
> >
> > + if (!time_after_eq(jiffies, sd->last_balance + interval))
> > + goto out;
> > +
>
> First line looks like white-space-damaged.

Looks like it. ;) Thanks for catching. I'll surely fix it if we get to
posting the patch for applying.

> Anyway, wouldn't it be better using time_before() here?

Sure. I'll fix it as well. However I'd like to hear what u and other
people on the mailing list think about the idea in general.

Thanks,
vlad

>
> Thanks,
> Namhyung
>
>
> > need_serialize = sd->flags & SD_SERIALIZE;
> >
> > if (need_serialize) {
> > @@ -4696,16 +4699,15 @@ static void rebalance_domains(int cpu, enum cpu_idle_type idle)
> > goto out;
> > }
> >
> > - if (time_after_eq(jiffies, sd->last_balance + interval)) {
> > - if (load_balance(cpu, rq, sd, idle, &balance)) {
> > - /*
> > - * We've pulled tasks over so either we're no
> > - * longer idle.
> > - */
> > - idle = CPU_NOT_IDLE;
> > - }
> > - sd->last_balance = jiffies;
> > + if (load_balance(cpu, rq, sd, idle, &balance)) {
> > + /*
> > + * We've pulled tasks over so either we're no
> > + * longer idle.
> > + */
> > + idle = CPU_NOT_IDLE;
> > }
> > + sd->last_balance = jiffies;
> > +
> > if (need_serialize)
> > spin_unlock(&balancing);
> > out:




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