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SubjectRe: [patch 13/20] timer: Switch to a non cascading wheel
I think there's 2 elements on the interface.

1) having a relative interface to the current time (avoid use of
absolute jiffies in drivers)

2) having wallclock units. Making HZ always be 1000 is effectively
doing that as well (1 msec after all)



On Thu, Jun 16, 2016 at 8:43 AM, Thomas Gleixner <tglx@linutronix.de> wrote:
> On Wed, 15 Jun 2016, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
>> On Wed, 15 Jun 2016, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
>> > what would 1 more timer wheel do?
>>
>> Waste storage space and make the collection of expired timers more expensive.
>>
>> The selection of the timer wheel properties is combination of:
>>
>> 1) Granularity
>>
>> 2) Storage space
>>
>> 3) Number of levels to collect
>
> So I came up with a slightly different solution for this. The problem case is
> HZ=1000 and again looking at the data, there is no reason why we need actual
> 1ms granularity for timer wheel timers. That's independent of the desired ms
> based interfaces.
>
> We can simply run the wheel internaly with 4ms base level resolution and
> degrade from there. That gives us 6 days+ and a simple cutoff at the capacity
> of the 7th level wheel.
>
> 0 0 4 ms 0 ms - 255 ms
> 1 64 32 ms 256 ms - 2047 ms (256ms - ~2s)
> 2 128 256 ms 2048 ms - 16383 ms (~2s - ~16s)
> 3 192 2048 ms (~2s) 16384 ms - 131071 ms (~16s - ~2m)
> 4 256 16384 ms (~16s) 131072 ms - 1048575 ms (~2m - ~17m)
> 5 320 131072 ms (~2m) 1048576 ms - 8388607 ms (~17m - ~2h)
> 6 384 1048576 ms (~17m) 8388608 ms - 67108863 ms (~2h - ~18h)
> 7 448 8388608 ms (~2h) 67108864 ms - 536870911 ms (~18h - ~6d)
>
> That works really nice and has the interesting side effect that we batch in
> the first level wheel which helps networking. I'll repost the series with the
> other review points addressed later tonight.
>
> Btw, I also thought a bit more about the milliseconds interfaces. I think we
> shouldn't invent new interfaces. The correct solution IMHO is to distangle the
> scheduler tick frequency and jiffies. If we have that completely seperated
> then we can do the following:
>
> 1) Force HZ=1000. That means jiffies and timer wheel units are 1ms. If the
> tick frequency is != 1000 we simply increment jiffies in the tick by the
> proper amount (4 @250 ticks/sec, 10 @100 ticks/sec).
>
> So all msec_to_jiffies() invocations compile out into nothing magically and
> we can remove them gradually over time.
>
> 2) When we do that right, we can make the tick frequency a command line option
> and just have a compiled in default.
>
> Thoughts?
>
> Thanks,
>
> tglx

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