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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 03/16] arm64: Allow IPIs to be handled as normal interrupts
On Tue, 27 Oct 2020 at 11:50, Vincent Guittot
<vincent.guittot@linaro.org> wrote:
>
> On Tue, 27 Oct 2020 at 11:37, Marc Zyngier <maz@kernel.org> wrote:
> >
> > On 2020-10-27 10:12, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> > > HI Marc,
> > >
> > > On Mon, 19 Oct 2020 at 17:43, Vincent Guittot
> > > <vincent.guittot@linaro.org> wrote:
> > >>
> > >> On Mon, 19 Oct 2020 at 15:04, Marc Zyngier <maz@kernel.org> wrote:
> > >> >
> > >
> > > ...
> > >
> > >> > >>
> > >> > >> One of the major difference is that we end up, in some cases
> > >> > >> (such as when performing IRQ time accounting on the scheduler
> > >> > >> IPI), end up with nested irq_enter()/irq_exit() pairs.
> > >> > >> Other than the (relatively small) overhead, there should be
> > >> > >> no consequences to it (these pairs are designed to nest
> > >> > >> correctly, and the accounting shouldn't be off).
> > >> > >
> > >> > > While rebasing on mainline, I have faced a performance regression for
> > >> > > the benchmark:
> > >> > > perf bench sched pipe
> > >> > > on my arm64 dual quad core (hikey) and my 2 nodes x 112 CPUS (thx2)
> > >> > >
> > >> > > The regression comes from:
> > >> > > commit: d3afc7f12987 ("arm64: Allow IPIs to be handled as normal
> > >> > > interrupts")
> > >> >
> > >> > That's interesting, as this patch doesn't really change anything (most
> > >> > of the potential overhead comes in later). The only potential overhead
> > >> > I can see is that the scheduler_ipi() call is now wrapped around
> > >> > irq_enter()/irq_exit().
> > >> >
> > >> > >
> > >> > > v5.9 + this patch
> > >> > > hikey : 48818(+/- 0.31) 37503(+/- 0.15%) -23.2%
> > >> > > thx2 : 132410(+/- 1.72) 122646(+/- 1.92%) -7.4%
> > >> > >
> > >> > > By + this patch, I mean merging branch from this patch. Whereas
> > >> > > merging the previous:
> > >> > > commit: 83cfac95c018 ("genirq: Allow interrupts to be excluded from
> > >> > > /proc/interrupts")
> > >> > > It doesn't show any regression
> > >> >
> > >> > Since you are running perf, can you spot where the overhead occurs?
> > >
> > > Any idea about the root cause of the regression ?
> > > I have faced it on more arm64 platforms in the meantime
> >
> > two possible causes:
> >
> > (1) irq_enter/exit on the rescheduling IPI means we reschedule much more
> > often
> > (2) irq_domain lookups add some overhead.
> >
> > For (1), I have this series[1] which is ugly as sin and needs much more
> > testing.
>
> Ok, I'm going to test this series to see if it fixes the perf regression

You have spotted the root cause of the regression. We are back to ~1%
performance diff on the hikey

>
> >
> > For (2), I have some ideas which need more work (let the irq domain
> > resolve to
> > an irq_desc instead of an interrupt number, avoiding another radix-tree
> > lookup).
> >
> > M.
> >
> > [1]
> > https://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/maz/arm-platforms.git/log/?h=irq/ipi-fixes
> > --
> > Jazz is not dead. It just smells funny...

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