Re: [PATCH RFC] sched/rt: preserve global runtime/period ratio indo_balance_runtime()

From: Mike Galbraith
Date: Wed May 22 2013 - 02:00:25 EST

On Tue, 2013-05-21 at 14:30 -0700, Peter Boonstoppel wrote:
> RT throttling aims to prevent starvation of non-SCHED_FIFO threads
> when a rogue RT thread is hogging the CPU. It does so by piggybacking
> on the rt_bandwidth system and allocating at most rt_runtime per
> rt_period to SCHED_FIFO tasks (e.g. 950ms out of every second,
> allowing 'regular' tasks to run for at least 50ms every second).
> However, when multiple cores are available, rt_bandwidth allows cores
> to borrow rt_runtime from one another. This means that a core with a
> rogue RT thread, consuming 100% CPU cycles, can borrow enough runtime
> from other cores to allow the RT thread to run continuously, with no
> runtime for regular tasks on this core.
> Although regular tasks can get scheduled on other available cores
> (which are guaranteed to have some non-RT runtime avaible, since they
> just lent some RT time to us), tasks that are specifically affined to
> a particular core may not be able to make progress (e.g. workqueues,
> timer functions). This can break e.g. watchdog-like functionality that
> is supposed to kill the rogue RT thread.
> This patch changes do_balance_runtime() in such a way that no core can
> aquire (borrow) more runtime than the globally set rt_runtime /
> rt_period ratio. This guarantees there will always be some non-RT
> runtime available on every individual core.

Seems to me it's be better to just invert RT_RUNTIME_SHARE default
setting, since the real world throttle mission tends to be saving the
user from his own brilliance a lot more often than any group scheduling
or debugging.

I see this fairly frequently: "My application is the most important
thing in the universe, so of course I run it SCHED_FIFO priority 99.
Why does all kinds of bad juju happen, frequently ending with box
ignoring all gefingerpoken und mittenmgrabben, when I do something as
innocuous as turning my pet cpuhog from hell loose in godmode?"


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