Re: [PATCH 2.5.58] new NUMA scheduler: fix

From: Martin J. Bligh (
Date: Thu Jan 16 2003 - 18:31:55 EST

> yes, i saw it, it has the same tying between idle-CPU-rebalance and
> inter-node rebalance, as Erich's patch. You've put it into
> cpus_to_balance(), but that still makes rq->nr_balanced a 'synchronously'
> coupled balancing act. There are two synchronous balancing acts currently:
> the 'CPU just got idle' event, and the exec()-balancing (*) event. Neither
> must involve any 'heavy' balancing, only local balancing. The inter-node

If I understand that correctly (and I'm not sure I do), you're saying
you don't think the exec time balance should go global? That would
break most of the concept ... *something* has to distribute stuff around
nodes, and the exec point is the cheapest time to do that (least "weight"
to move. I'd like to base it off cached load-averages, rather than going
sniffing every runqueue, but if you're meaning we should only exec time
balance inside a node, I disagree. Am I just misunderstanding you?

At the moment, the high-freq balancer is only inside a node. Exec balancing
is global, and the "low-frequency" balancer is global. WRT the idle-time
balancing, I agree with what I *think* you're saying ... this shouldn't
clock up the rq->nr_balanced counter ... this encourages too much cross-node
stealing. I'll hack that change out and see what it does to the numbers.

Would appreciate more feedback on the first paragraph. Thanks,


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