Re: [PATCH 10/15] sched: Check for sched_mn_power_savings whendoing load balancing

From: Andreas Herrmann
Date: Tue Aug 25 2009 - 04:01:13 EST

On Mon, Aug 24, 2009 at 09:10:13PM +0530, Vaidyanathan Srinivasan wrote:
> * Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> [2009-08-24 17:03:40]:
> > On Thu, 2009-08-20 at 15:41 +0200, Andreas Herrmann wrote:
> > > The patch adds support for POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE_BASIC for MN domain
> > > level. Currently POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE_WAKEUP is not used for MN domain.
> > >
> > > (I have to admit that so far I don't have the correct understanding
> > > what's the benefit of POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE_WAKEUP (when an deticated
> > > wakeup CPU is used) in contrast to POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE_BASIC. I also
> > > have not found an example that would demonstrate the difference
> > > between those two powersaving levels.)
> >
> > blame svaidy for not writing enough comments ;-)
> I am here to explain ;)
> > iirc it moves tasks to sched_mv_preferred_wakeup_cpu instead of waking
> > an idle cpu, this leaves idle cpus idle longer at the cost of creating
> > overload on other cpus.
> Yes, as Peter said, the POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE_WAKEUP biases task
> wakeups to sched_mc_preferred_wakeup_cpu which has been nominated from
> previous load balance loops.
> Task wakeup biasing of sched_mc=2 works for most workloads like
> kernbench and other sleeping tasks that come in and out of runqueue.
> The default sched_mc=1 will work only for jobs running much longer
> than the loadbalance interval or almost 100% CPU intensive job where

Ok, one of my tests was using 100% CPU intensive jobs and for those
the sched_mc=1 or sched_mn=1 level was sufficient to show the effect
of loadbalancing.

> the load balancer can take time to identify the load pattern and
> initiate a task migrate.

> The wakeup biasing (sched_mc=2) will help move bursty jobs faster and
> statistically pack them in single package and save power.

That means that wakeup biasing will also make sense for the MN domain.



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