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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/7] perf: be less pessimistic when scheduling events
On Tue, Feb 11, 2014 at 05:48:05PM +0000, Mark Rutland wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 05:58:54PM +0000, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Mon, Feb 10, 2014 at 05:44:21PM +0000, Mark Rutland wrote:
> > > This patch makes ctx_flexible_sched_in attempt to schedule every group
> > > in the flexible_groups list even when earlier groups failed to schedule,
> > > enabling more groups to be scheduled simultaneously.
> >
> > Since you're basically free to create as many events as you want, you can
> > (as an unprivilidged user) make the context switch to and from your task
> > arbitrarily expensive.
>
> Not that it makes the approach any better, but surely this is already
> the case for software events?

Yeah, software events are a problem; I realized this the moment I send
that email. However, software events do not have the O(n!) programming
fail hw events have.

AMD Fam15h has a O(n^4) termination of the O(n*n!) algorithm, the rest
of x86 has a normal O(n^2) bound.

> I can create as many as I want, and they'll always try to schedule.
>
> I'll take a look into other ways to stop disparate PMUs' events from
> adversely affecting each other. I guess it might not be possible to
> solve the general problem without allowing said expensive context
> switch.

So the problem you're facing is that you'll attach events for each PMU
available on the system to a particular task? And simply want to
continue scheduling even though a particular event will never fit on the
CPUs PMU its currently running on?

So the trivial work-around would be to create an event per cpu and set
event->cpu. That way you'll get the event_filter_match() exception in
ctx_flexible_sched_in() and we'll skip over all events that cannot be
programmed on this CPU.

The other approach is adding a cpumask to events, which would
drastically cut down on the amount of events you'd need to create; then
again, ARM doesn't have a silly amount of CPUs x86 has just quite yet.


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