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Subject[PATCH] tick-sched: Update nohz load even if tick already stopped
The way loadavg is tracked during nohz only pays attention to the load
upon entering nohz. This can be particularly noticeable if nohz is
entered while non-idle, and then the cpu goes idle and stays that way for
a long time. We've had reports of a loadavg near 150 on a mostly idle

Calling calc_load_nohz_start() regardless of whether the tick is already
stopped addresses the issue when going idle. Tracking load changes when
not going idle (e.g. multiple SCHED_FIFO tasks coming and going) is not
addressed by this patch.

Signed-off-by: Scott Wood <>
kernel/time/tick-sched.c | 4 +++-
1 file changed, 3 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff --git a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
index 955851748dc3..f177d8168400 100644
--- a/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
+++ b/kernel/time/tick-sched.c
@@ -763,6 +763,9 @@ static void tick_nohz_stop_tick(struct tick_sched *ts, int cpu)
ts->do_timer_last = 0;

+ /* Even if the tick was already stopped, load may have changed */
+ calc_load_nohz_start();
/* Skip reprogram of event if its not changed */
if (ts->tick_stopped && (expires == ts->next_tick)) {
/* Sanity check: make sure clockevent is actually programmed */
@@ -783,7 +786,6 @@ static void tick_nohz_stop_tick(struct tick_sched *ts, int cpu)
* the scheduler tick in nohz_restart_sched_tick.
if (!ts->tick_stopped) {
- calc_load_nohz_start();

ts->last_tick = hrtimer_get_expires(&ts->sched_timer);
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