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SubjectRe: [RESEND RFC PATCH V3] sched: Improve scalability of select_idle_sibling using SMT balance
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On 02/05/2018 09:03 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 05, 2018 at 01:48:54PM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>> So while I see the point of tracking these numbers (for SMT>2), I don't
>> think its worth doing outside of the core, and then we still need some
>> powerpc (or any other architecture with abysmal atomics) tested.
> FWIW Power has another 'fun' feature, their cores have asymmetric SMT.
>
> Their cores have a static power level, based on _which_ SMT sibling is
> running, not how many. A single SMT2 runs (much) slower than a single
> SMT0.
>
> So that random selection stuff really doesn't work well for them. Now
> 'sadly' x86 can also have ASYM_PACKING set on its SMT domain, so I'm
> going to have to figure out what to do about all that.
Even the existing code doesn't handle that. The SMT balancing compares
the remaining SMT capacity so even with asymmetric cores should work OK.

Thanks,
Subhra

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