Re: [RFC PATCH v2 0/2] Saving power by cpu evacuationsched_max_capacity_pct=n

From: Pavel Machek
Date: Thu May 28 2009 - 16:36:54 EST


> > But I don't see why it is neccessary to evacuate cores for this. Why
> > not just schedule special task that enters C3 instead of computing?
> This is what essentially happens in the load balancer approach. Not
> scheduling on a particular core will run the scheduler's idle task
> that will transition the core to lowest power state. Pinning a user
> space task and using special driver to hold the core in C3 state will
> break scheduling fairness. At this point the application decides when
> to give the core back to scheduler.

Why would it break scheduling fairness? You just schedule "realtime"
task that does C3 instead of computation. The behaviour is very
similar to "normal" realtime task. Why would it break scheduler?

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