Re: [RFC] sched: The removal of idle_balance()

From: Mike Galbraith
Date: Fri Feb 15 2013 - 07:33:16 EST

On Fri, 2013-02-15 at 13:21 +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, 2013-02-15 at 08:26 +0100, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> >
> > (the throttle is supposed to keep idle_balance() from doing severe
> > damage, that may want a peek/tweak)
> Right, as it stands idle_balance() can do a lot of work and if the avg
> idle time is less than the time we spend looking for a suitable task we
> loose.
> I've wanted to make this smarter by having the cpufreq/cpuidle avg idle
> time guestimator in the scheduler core so we actually know how log we
> expect to be idle and couple that with a cache refresh cost per sched
> domain (something we used to have pre 2.6.21 or so) so we can auto-limit
> the domain traversal for idle_balance.
> So far that's all fantasy though..
> Related, I wanted to use the idle time guestimate to 'optimize' the idle
> loop, currently that stuff is stupid expensive and pokes at timer
> hardware etc.. if we know we won't be idle longer than it takes to poke
> at timer hardware, don't go into nohz mode etc.

Yup. My trees have nohz throttled too, it's too expensive for fast
switchers scheduling cross core.


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