Re: [RFC PATCH v3 0/3] sched: simplify the select_task_rq_fair()

From: Peter Zijlstra
Date: Fri Feb 22 2013 - 04:58:22 EST

On Fri, 2013-02-22 at 17:11 +0800, Michael Wang wrote:

> Ok, it do looks like wake_affine() lost it's value...

I'm not sure we can say that on this one benchmark, there's a
preemption advantage to running on a single cpu for pipe-test as well.
We'd need to create a better benchmark to test this, one that has some
actual data payload and control over the initial spread of the tasks or

> > Now as far as I can see there's two options, either we find there's
> > absolutely no benefit in wake_affine() as it stands today and we simply
> > disable/remove it, or we go fix it. What we don't do is completely
> > wreck it at atrocious cost.
> I get your point, we should replace wake_affine() with some feature
> which could really achieve the goal to make client and server on same cpu.
> But is the logical that the waker/wakee are server/client(or reversed)
> still works now? that sounds a little arbitrary to me...

Ah, its never really been about server/client per-se. Its just a
specific example -- one that breaks down with the 1:n pgbench

Wakeups in general can be considered to be a relation, suppose a
hardware interrupt that received some data from a device and issues a
wakeup to a task to consume this data. What CPU would be better suited
to process this data then the one where its already cache hot.

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