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SubjectRe: [PATCH] timers/nohz: Update nohz load even if tick already stopped
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On Tue, 2019-11-05 at 10:53 +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> On Tue, 5 Nov 2019, Scott Wood wrote:
> > On Tue, 2019-11-05 at 00:43 +0100, Thomas Gleixner wrote:
> > > As Peter pointed out to me privately we should rather go and analyze
> > > the
> > > real thing instead of just applying duct tape.
> > >
> > > /me drops the patch again.
> >
> > The warning is due to kernel/sched/idle.c not updating curr-
> > >se.exec_start.
> >
> > While debugging I noticed an issue with a particular load pattern. The
> > CPU
> > goes non-nohz for a brief time at an interval very close to twice
> > tick_period. When the tick is started, the timer expiration is more
> > than
> > tick_period in the past, so hrtimer_forward() tries to catch up by
> > adding
> > 2*tick_period to the expiration. Then the tick is stopped before that
> > new
> > expiration, and when the tick is woken up the expiry is again advanced
> > by
> > 2*tick_period with the timer never actually
> > running. sched_tick_remote()
> > does fire every second, but there are streaks of several seconds where
> > it
> > keeps catching the CPU in a non-nohz state, so neither the normal nor
> > remote
> > ticks are calling calc_load_nohz_remote().
> >
> > Is there a reason to not just remove the hrtimer_forward() from
> > tick_nohz_restart(), letting the timer fire if it's in the past, which
> > will
> > take care of doing hrtimer_forward()?
>
> Well, no. tick_nohz_restart() can be invoked in a situation where the
> timer
> is armed for something in the far future (or completelt disabled) due to
> previously entering an estimated long idle (or user space execution on
> NOHZ_FULL) period.
>
> That means if the timer is not canceled, realigned to the current tick and
> forwarded to the next due tick, the tick will not fire on time causing
> another sort of trouble.

That might be true of the expiry on entering tick_nohz_restart(), but it
shouldn't be true of ts->last_tick which the expiry is set to before calling
hrtimer_forward() -- and if it were, hrtimer_forward() is a no-op when the
expiry is in the future.

BTW, the name "last_tick" seems misleading as it's actually the saved
expiry, not the last time the tick ran.

-Scott


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