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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/4] sched/fair: minimize concurrent LBs between domain level
On Tue, 15 Sep 2020 at 21:04, Valentin Schneider
<valentin.schneider@arm.com> wrote:
>
>
> On 14/09/20 11:03, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> > sched domains tend to trigger simultaneously the load balance loop but
> > the larger domains often need more time to collect statistics. This
> > slowness makes the larger domain trying to detach tasks from a rq whereas
> > tasks already migrated somewhere else at a sub-domain level. This is not
> > a real problem for idle LB because the period of smaller domains will
> > increase with its CPUs being busy and this will let time for higher ones
> > to pulled tasks. But this becomes a problem when all CPUs are already busy
> > because all domains stay synced when they trigger their LB.
> >
> > A simple way to minimize simultaneous LB of all domains is to decrement the
> > the busy interval by 1 jiffies. Because of the busy_factor, the interval of
> > larger domain will not be a multiple of smaller ones anymore.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Vincent Guittot <vincent.guittot@linaro.org>
> > ---
> > kernel/sched/fair.c | 3 +++
> > 1 file changed, 3 insertions(+)
> >
> > diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> > index 765be8273292..7d7eefd8e2d4 100644
> > --- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
> > +++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> > @@ -9780,6 +9780,9 @@ get_sd_balance_interval(struct sched_domain *sd, int cpu_busy)
> >
> > /* scale ms to jiffies */
> > interval = msecs_to_jiffies(interval);
>
> A comment here would be nice, I think. What about:
>
> /*
> * Reduce likelihood of (busy) balancing at higher domains racing with
> * balancing at lower domains by preventing their balancing periods from being
> * multiples of each other.
> */

Yes a comment would be nice. Will add it

Thanks
>
> > + if (cpu_busy)
> > + interval -= 1;
> > +
> > interval = clamp(interval, 1UL, max_load_balance_interval);
> >
> > return interval;

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