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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] sched/fair: reduce busy load balance interval
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On 16/09/20 08:02, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> On Tue, 15 Sep 2020 at 21:04, Valentin Schneider
> <valentin.schneider@arm.com> wrote:
>>
>>
>> On 14/09/20 11:03, Vincent Guittot wrote:
>> > The busy_factor, which increases load balance interval when a cpu is busy,
>> > is set to 32 by default. This value generates some huge LB interval on
>> > large system like the THX2 made of 2 node x 28 cores x 4 threads.
>> > For such system, the interval increases from 112ms to 3584ms at MC level.
>> > And from 228ms to 7168ms at NUMA level.
>> >
>> > Even on smaller system, a lower busy factor has shown improvement on the
>> > fair distribution of the running time so let reduce it for all.
>> >
>>
>> ISTR you mentioned taking this one step further and making
>> (interval * busy_factor) scale logarithmically with the number of CPUs to
>> avoid reaching outrageous numbers. Did you experiment with that already?
>
> Yes I have tried the logarithmically scale but It didn't give any
> benefit compared to this solution for the fairness problem but
> impacted other use cases because it impacts idle interval and it also
> adds more constraints in the computation of the interval and
> busy_factor because we can end up with the same interval for 2
> consecutive levels .
>

Right, I suppose we could frob a topology level index in there to prevent
that if we really wanted to...

> That being said, it might be useful for other cases but i haven't look
> further for this
>

Fair enough!

>>
>> > Signed-off-by: Vincent Guittot <vincent.guittot@linaro.org>
>> > ---
>> > kernel/sched/topology.c | 2 +-
>> > 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>> >
>> > diff --git a/kernel/sched/topology.c b/kernel/sched/topology.c
>> > index 1a84b778755d..a8477c9e8569 100644
>> > --- a/kernel/sched/topology.c
>> > +++ b/kernel/sched/topology.c
>> > @@ -1336,7 +1336,7 @@ sd_init(struct sched_domain_topology_level *tl,
>> > *sd = (struct sched_domain){
>> > .min_interval = sd_weight,
>> > .max_interval = 2*sd_weight,
>> > - .busy_factor = 32,
>> > + .busy_factor = 16,
>> > .imbalance_pct = 117,
>> >
>> > .cache_nice_tries = 0,

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