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SubjectRe: [PATCH V3]hrtimer: Fix a performance regression by disable reprogramming in remove_hrtimer
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On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 5:35 PM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
>
> On Tue, Jul 30, 2013 at 05:12:49PM +0800, Ethan Zhao wrote:
> > On Mon, Jul 29, 2013 at 6:18 PM, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de> wrote:
> > > The test case does not involve anything hrtimer related. Do you have
> > > CONFIG_SCHED_HRTICK enabled?
> > >
> >
> > Yes. it is default configured in stable release.
> > CONFIG_SCHED_HRTICK=y
>
> Should still be disabled by default even if supported:
>
> # grep HRTICK kernel/sched/features.h
> SCHED_FEAT(HRTICK, false)
>
>
> > > First of all we want to know, which particular hrtimer is causing that
> > > issue. If it is the hrtick one, then I really have to ask why you want
> > > to use it at all in such a high performance scenario.
> > >
> > > Any advice about the HZ in high performance scenario ? hrtimer tick
> > Is not fit for high performance ?
>
> Hence why its disabled, programming the timer hardware is too expensive.
> But since you didn't even know that I suspect you aren't in fact using
> it.
>
Got it.
what tglx and you mean

SCHED_FEAT(HRTICK, 0)

then no hrtimer operation in
void __sched __schedule(void)
{
… …
if (sched_feat(HRTICK))
hrtick_clear(rq);
… …

Yup, So what I am facing is not HRTICK.
But that doesn't move my eyes away from hrtimer and suspect
reprogramming delay the scheduling.
The call stack looks like following :

cpu_idle()
{
… …
tick_nohz_stop_sched_tick()
--> hrtimer_start(); --> __hrtimer_start_range_ns() -- > remove_hrtimer()
-- > raise_softirq_irqoff(TIMER_SOFTIRQ);
---->run_timer_softirq() --> tick_sched_timer() -- >
hrtimer_start_expires
… …

… ...
tick_nohz_restart_sched_tick()
… ...
schedule()
… ...
}

So the expensive thing maybe not inside the schedule(), but could
outside the scheduler(), the more bigger forever loop.

This is one part of what I am facing.

Thanks
Ethan

>
> It would be good if you could do what Thomas suggested and look at which
> timer is actually active during your workload.
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