Re: Workaround for wrapping loadaverage

From: Patrick Mau
Date: Mon Nov 08 2004 - 19:45:21 EST

On Mon, Nov 08, 2004 at 03:50:51PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> (PLease don't remove people from Cc:. Just do reply-to-all).

Hi Andrew,

sorry, I usually remove people from CC if they're subscribed.

> Patrick Mau <mau@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >
> > If you would use 236, 252 and 255 the last to load calculations would
> > get optimized into register shifts during calculation. The precision
> > would be bad, but I personally don't mind loosing the fraction.
> What would be the impact on the precision if we were to use 8 bits of
> fraction?

I didn't have time to check again, but I think I ended up with a load of 0.97
using one runnable process because of rounding errors.

> An upper limit of 1024 tasks sounds a bit squeezy. Even 8192 is a bit
> uncomfortable. Maybe we should just reimplement the whole thing, perhaps
> in terms of tuples of 32-bit values: 32 bits each side of the binary point?

We re-calculate the load every 5 seconds. I think it would be OK to
use more bits/registers, it's not that frequently called.

It's 1:30 AM and I had a rough working day, maybe I'll prepare a little patch
tomorrow. I think that 8192 _runnable_ processes seems a bit unusual, but we
also account for uninterruptable processes. Maybe there was some swap/IO
storm that triggered the initial overflow, I'll have to check that first.

Best regards,
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