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SubjectRe: [PATCH v3 1/1] x86,sched: On AMD EPYC set freq_max = max_boost in schedutil invariant formula
On 2/4/21 7:40 AM, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> On Thu, Feb 4, 2021 at 12:36 AM Michael Larabel <> wrote:
>> On 2/3/21 12:25 PM, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
>>> On Wednesday, February 3, 2021 3:11:37 PM CET Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Feb 3, 2021 at 2:53 PM Giovanni Gherdovich <> wrote:
>>>> [cut]
>>>>> Fixes: 41ea667227ba ("x86, sched: Calculate frequency invariance for AMD systems")
>>>>> Fixes: 976df7e5730e ("x86, sched: Use midpoint of max_boost and max_P for frequency invariance on AMD EPYC")
>>>>> Reported-by: Michael Larabel <>
>>>>> Tested-by: Michael Larabel <>
>>>>> Signed-off-by: Giovanni Gherdovich <>
>>>>> ---
>>>>> drivers/cpufreq/acpi-cpufreq.c | 61 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++--
>>>>> drivers/cpufreq/cpufreq.c | 3 ++
>>>>> include/linux/cpufreq.h | 5 +++
>>>>> kernel/sched/cpufreq_schedutil.c | 8 +++--
>>>> I don't really think that it is necessary to modify schedutil to
>>>> address this issue.
>>> So below is a prototype of an alternative fix for the issue at hand.
>>> I can't really test it here, because there's no _CPC in the ACPI tables of my
>>> test machines, so testing it would be appreciated. However, AFAICS these
>>> machines are affected by the performance issue related to the scale-invariance
>>> when they are running acpi-cpufreq, so what we are doing here is not entirely
>>> sufficient.
>> I have benchmarks running on several Ryzen and EPYC systems with this
>> patch. The full batch of tests won't be done until tomorrow, but in
>> looking at the data so far from an AMD EPYC 7F72 2P server over the past
>> few hours, this patch does provide fairly comparable numbers to
>> Giovanni's patch. There were a few outliers so far but waiting to see
>> with the complete set of results. At the very least it's clear enough
>> already this new patch is at least an improvement over the current 5.11
>> upstream state with schedutil on AMD.
> Thanks for the feedback, much appreciated!
> Let me submit the patch properly, then.

Everything continues looking good in running this patch on a variety of
AMD Zen2/Zen3 systems.

As Giovanni has been focusing on EPYC testing, I have been running
several Ryzen laptops/desktop for more exposure and there it's looking
very good. On a Ryzen 9 5900X[1] when looking at this latest patch
against current 5.11 Git and 5.10, the performance is recovered and in
some cases better off now than 5.10 with Schedutil. No anomalies there
and with other Zen 2/3 desktops and Zen 2 notebook the performance
relative to 5.10 is comparable or in some cases better while all
indications point to the 5.11 regression being addressed. Some of the
slower systems still finishing up but no unexpected results yet and
likely just redundant testing at this point.

Tests on EPYC hardware has also been looking good. With some 44 tests on
an EPYC 7F72 2P setup[2] when taking the geometric mean of all the data
finding it rightly in line with the prior patch from Giovanni. EPYC 7702
and EPYC 7F52 1P performance similarly showing no regression any longer
with the patched kernel. This patch also seemed to help CPUFreq ondemand
performance improve as well in some cases.

Will advise if hitting anything unexpected with the remainder of the
testing but all is looking solid at this point and a definite
improvement over the current 5.11 Git state.

Tested-by: Michael Larabel <>

[1] (5.10
stable vs. 5.11 Git vs. patched.)
(Giovanni's earlier patch against this new patch, compared to unpatched
Linux 5.11 Git and then Linux 5.11 with CPUfreq performance governor.)


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