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SubjectRe: [LKP] Re: [clocksource] 6c52b5f3cf: stress-ng.opcode.ops_per_sec -14.4% regression
On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 11:14:37AM +0800, Feng Tang wrote:
> On Sun, Apr 25, 2021 at 10:14:38AM +0800, Feng Tang wrote:
> > On Sat, Apr 24, 2021 at 10:53:22AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > > And if your 2/2 goes in, those who still distrust TSC will simply
> > > revert it. In their defense, their distrust was built up over a very
> > > long period of time for very good reasons.
> > >
> > > > > This last sentence is not a theoretical statement. In the past, I have
> > > > > suggested using the existing "tsc=reliable" kernel boot parameter,
> > > > > which disables watchdogs on TSC, similar to your patch 2/2 above.
> > > > > The discussion was short and that boot parameter was not set. And the
> > > > > discussion motivated to my current clocksource series. ;-)
> > > > >
> > > > > I therefore suspect that someone will want a "tsc=unreliable" boot
> > > > > parameter (or similar) to go with your patch 2/2.
> > > >
> > > > Possibly :)
> > > >
> > > > But I wonder if tsc is disabled on that 'large system', what will be
> > > > used instead? HPET is known to be much slower for clocksource, as shown
> > > > in this regression report :) not mentioning the 'acpi_pm' timer.
> > >
> > > Indeed, the default switch to HPET often causes the system to be taken
> > > out of service due to the resulting performance shortfall. There is
> > > of course some automated recovery, and no, I am not familiar with the
> > > details, but I suspect that a simple reboot is an early recovery step.
> > > However, if the problem were to persist, the system would of course be
> > > considered to be permanently broken.
> >
> > Thanks for the info, if a sever is taken out of service just because
> > of a false alarm of tsc, then it's a big waste!
> >
> > > > Again, I want to know the real tsc unstable case. I have spent lots
> > > > of time searching these info from git logs and mail archives before
> > > > writing the patches.
> > >
> > > So do I, which is why I put together this patch series. My employer has
> > > a fairly strict upstream-first for things like this which are annoyances
> > > that are likely hiding other bugs, but which are not causing significant
> > > outages, which was of course the motivation for the fault-injection
> > > patches.
> > >
> > > As I said earlier, it would have been very helpful to you for a patch
> > > series like this to have been applied many years ago. If it had been,
> > > we would already have the failure-rate data that you requested. And of
> > > course if that failure-rate data indicated that TSC was reliable, there
> > > would be far fewer people still distrusting TSC.
> >
> > Yes, if they can share the detailed info (like what's the 'watchdog')
> > and debug info, it can enable people to debug and root cause the
> > problem to be a false alarm or a real silicon platform. Personally, for
> > newer platforms I tend to trust tsc much more than other clocksources.
>
> I understand people may 'distrust' tsc, after seeing that 'tsc unstable'
> cases. But for 'newer platforms', if the unstable was judged by hpet,
> acpi_pm_timer or the software 'refined-jiffies', then it could possibly
> be just a false alarm, and that's not too difficult to be root caused.
> And if there is a real evidence of a broken tsc case, then the distrust
> is not just in impression from old days :)

Agreed!

And I am hoping that my patch series can provide more clarity in the
future.

Thanx, Paul

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