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SubjectRe: [Query]: tick-sched: why don't we stop tick when we are running idle task?
On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 02:06:00PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Apr 14, 2014 at 05:22:30PM +0530, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> > On 14 April 2014 17:17, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> > > What causes this tick? I was under the impression that once there's a
> > > single task (not doing any syscalls) and the above issues are sorted, no
> > > more tick would happen.
> >
> > This is what Frederic told me earlier:
> >
> >
> That's a bit of a non-answer. I'm fairly sure its not a gazillion
> issues, since the actual scheduler tick doesn't actually do that much.
> So start by enumerating what is actually required.

Ok, I'm a bit buzy with a conference right now but I'm going to summarize that

> The 2), which I suppose you're now trying to implement is I think
> entirely the wrong way. The tick really assumes it runs local, moving it
> to another CPU is insane.

There is probably a few things that assume local calls but last time
I checked I had the impression that it was fairly possible to call sched_class::task_tick()
remotely. rq is locked, no reference to "current", use rq accessors...

OTOH scheduler_tick() itself definetly requires local calls.

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