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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sched/fair: check for idle core
On Wed, Oct 21, 2020 at 09:29:46AM +0200, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> Hi Julia,
>
> On Tue, 20 Oct 2020 at 19:21, Julia Lawall <Julia.Lawall@inria.fr> wrote:
> >
> > On a thread wakeup, the change [1] from runnable load average to load
> > average for comparing candidate cores means that recent short-running
> > daemons on the core where a thread ran previously can be considered to
> > have a higher load than the core performing the wakeup, even when the
> > core where the thread ran previously is currently idle. This can
> > cause a thread to migrate, taking the place of some other thread that
> > is about to wake up, and so on. To avoid unnecessary migrations,
> > extend wake_affine_idle to check whether the core where the thread
> > previously ran is currently idle, and if so return that core as the
> > target.
> >
> > [1] commit 11f10e5420f6ce ("sched/fair: Use load instead of runnable
> > load in wakeup path")
> >
> > This particularly has an impact when using passive (intel_cpufreq)
> > power management, where kworkers run every 0.004 seconds on all cores,
> > increasing the likelihood that an idle core will be considered to have
> > a load.
> >
> > The following numbers were obtained with the benchmarking tool
> > hyperfine (https://github.com/sharkdp/hyperfine) on the NAS parallel
> > benchmarks (https://www.nas.nasa.gov/publications/npb.html). The
> > tests were run on an 80-core Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E7-8870 v4 @
> > 2.10GHz. Active (intel_pstate) and passive (intel_cpufreq) power
> > management were used. Times are in seconds. All experiments use all
> > 160 hardware threads.
> >
> > v5.9/active v5.9+patch/active
> > bt.C.c 24.725724+-0.962340 23.349608+-1.607214
> > lu.C.x 29.105952+-4.804203 25.249052+-5.561617
> > sp.C.x 31.220696+-1.831335 30.227760+-2.429792
> > ua.C.x 26.606118+-1.767384 25.778367+-1.263850
> >
> > v5.9/passive v5.9+patch/passive
> > bt.C.c 25.330360+-1.028316 23.544036+-1.020189
> > lu.C.x 35.872659+-4.872090 23.719295+-3.883848
> > sp.C.x 32.141310+-2.289541 29.125363+-0.872300
> > ua.C.x 29.024597+-1.667049 25.728888+-1.539772
> >
> > On the smaller data sets (A and B) and on the other NAS benchmarks
> > there is no impact on performance.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Julia Lawall <Julia.Lawall@inria.fr>
>
> Reviewed-by Vincent Guittot <vincent.guittot@linaro.org>

Thanks!

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