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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 09/12] Revert "sched: Put rq's sched_avg under CONFIG_FAIR_GROUP_SCHED"
On Fri, Jul 11, 2014 at 09:51:06AM +0200, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> On 10 July 2014 15:16, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> > On Mon, Jun 30, 2014 at 06:05:40PM +0200, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> >> This reverts commit f5f9739d7a0ccbdcf913a0b3604b134129d14f7e.
> >>
> >> We are going to use runnable_avg_sum and runnable_avg_period in order to get
> >> the utilization of the CPU. This statistic includes all tasks that run the CPU
> >> and not only CFS tasks.
> >
> > But this rq->avg is not the one that is migration aware, right? So why
> > use this?
> Yes, it's not the one that is migration aware
> >
> > We already compensate cpu_capacity for !fair tasks, so I don't see why
> > we can't use the migration aware one (and kill this one as Yuyang keeps
> > proposing) and compensate with the capacity factor.
> The 1st point is that cpu_capacity is compensated by both !fair_tasks
> and frequency scaling and we should not take into account frequency
> scaling for detecting overload

dvfs could help? Also we should not use arch_scale_freq_capacity() for
things like cpufreq-ondemand etc. Because for those the compute capacity
is still the max. We should only use it when we hard limit things.

> What we have now is the the weighted load avg that is the sum of the
> weight load of entities on the run queue. This is not usable to detect
> overload because of the weight. An unweighted version of this figure
> would be more usefull but it's not as accurate as the one I use IMHO.
> The example that has been discussed during the review of the last
> version has shown some limitations
> With the following schedule pattern from Morten's example
> | 5 ms | 5 ms | 5 ms | 5 ms | 5 ms | 5 ms | 5 ms | 5 ms | 5 ms |
> A: run rq run ----------- sleeping ------------- run
> B: rq run rq run ---- sleeping ------------- rq
> The scheduler will see the following values:
> Task A unweighted load value is 47%
> Task B unweight load is 60%
> The maximum Sum of unweighted load is 104%
> rq->avg load is 60%
> And the real CPU load is 50%
> So we will have opposite decision depending of the used values: the
> rq->avg or the Sum of unweighted load
> The sum of unweighted load has the main advantage of showing
> immediately what will be the relative impact of adding/removing a
> task. In the example, we can see that removing task A or B will remove
> around half the CPU load but it's not so good for giving the current
> utilization of the CPU

In that same discussion ISTR a suggestion about adding avg_running time,
as opposed to the current avg_runnable. The sum of avg_running should be
much more accurate, and still react correctly to migrations.

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