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SubjectRe: nohz: Warn if the machine can not perform nohz_full
On Mon, Jul 15, 2013 at 01:08:59PM -0400, Dave Jones wrote:
> > Gitweb: http://git.kernel.org/linus/;a=commit;h=e12d0271774fea9fddf1e2a7952a0bffb2ee8e8b
> > Commit: e12d0271774fea9fddf1e2a7952a0bffb2ee8e8b
> > Parent: 7d132055814ef17a6c7b69f342244c410a5e000f
> > Author: Steven Rostedt <rostedt@goodmis.org>
> > AuthorDate: Fri May 10 17:12:28 2013 -0400
> > Committer: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@gmail.com>
> > CommitDate: Thu Jun 20 01:15:51 2013 +0200
> >
> > nohz: Warn if the machine can not perform nohz_full
> >
> > If the user configures NO_HZ_FULL and defines nohz_full=XXX on the
> > kernel command line, or enables NO_HZ_FULL_ALL, but nohz fails
> > due to the machine having a unstable clock, warn about it.
> >
> > We do not want users thinking that they are getting the benefit
> > of nohz when their machine can not support it.
> > ---
> > kernel/time/tick-sched.c | 5 +++++
> > 1 files changed, 5 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
> > index f420813..d87d22c 100644
> > --- a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
> > +++ b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
> > @@ -178,6 +178,11 @@ static bool can_stop_full_tick(void)
> > */
> > if (!sched_clock_stable) {
> > trace_tick_stop(0, "unstable sched clock\n");
> > + /*
> > + * Don't allow the user to think they can get
> > + * full NO_HZ with this machine.
> > + */
> > + WARN_ONCE(1, "NO_HZ FULL will not work with unstable sched clock");
> > return false;
>
> So I guess you guys never want this to be enabled on distro kernels ?
> If that's the case, can you add something to that effect in Kconfig ?

I believe we want it to be enabled on distros in the long term. But right now it would
be a bad idea until the off case (nohz_full= parameter empty) is carefully optimized.
I'm currently working on that.

Now for the unstable tsc, which is what it's about on the above code block, we need
the tick to be there to leverage the sched clock madness. May be there could be some
other solution that could work along full dynticks but for now we chose the easy path.

Are broken TSCs that common?

Also what is the preffered way to tell the distros that they shouldn't enable that option
for now? Here is what we currently have in the tail of the related Kconfig help:

This is implemented at the expense of some overhead in user <-> kernel
transitions: syscalls, exceptions and interrupts. Even when it's
dynamically off.

Say N.


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