Re: [PATCH v8 2/4] sched: Rewrite runnable load and utilization average tracking

From: Yuyang Du
Date: Fri Jun 19 2015 - 07:03:45 EST

On Fri, Jun 19, 2015 at 03:57:24PM +0800, Boqun Feng wrote:
> >
> > This rewrite patch does not NEED to aggregate entity's load to cfs_rq,
> > but rather directly update the cfs_rq's load (both runnable and blocked),
> > so there is NO NEED to iterate all of the cfs_rqs.
> Actually, I'm not sure whether we NEED to aggregate or NOT.
> >
> > So simply updating the top cfs_rq is already equivalent to the stock.
> >

Ok. By aggregate, the rewrite patch does not need it, because the cfs_rq's
load is calculated at once with all its runnable and blocked tasks counted,
assuming the all children's weights are up-to-date, of course. Please refer
to the changelog to get an idea.

> The stock does have a bottom up update, so simply updating the top
> cfs_rq is not equivalent to it. Simply updateing the top cfs_rq is
> equivalent to the rewrite patch, because the rewrite patch lacks of the
> aggregation.

It is not the rewrite patch "lacks" aggregation, it is needless. The stock
has to do a bottom-up update and aggregate, because 1) it updates the
load at an entity granularity, 2) the blocked load is separate.

> > It is better if we iterate the cfs_rq to update the actually weight
> > (update_cfs_share), because the weight may have already changed, which
> > would in turn change the load. But update_cfs_share is not cheap.
> >
> > Right?
> You get me right for most part ;-)
> My points are:
> 1. We *may not* need to aggregate entity's load to cfs_rq in
> update_blocked_averages(), simply updating the top cfs_rq may be just
> fine, but I'm not sure, so scheduler experts' insights are needed here.

Then I don't need to say anything about this.

> 2. Whether we need to aggregate or not, the update_blocked_averages() in
> the rewrite patch could be improved. If we need to aggregate, we have to
> add something like update_cfs_shares(). If we don't need, we can just
> replace the loop with one update_cfs_rq_load_avg() on root cfs_rq.

If update_cfs_shares() is done here, it is good, but probably not necessary
though. However, we do need to update_tg_load_avg() here, because if cfs_rq's
load change, the parent tg's load_avg should change too. I will upload a next
version soon.

In addition, an update to the stress + dbench test case:

I have a Core i7, not a Xeon Nehalem, and I have a patch that may not impact
the result. Then, the dbench runs at very low CPU utilization ~1%. Boqun said
this may result from cgroup control, the dbench I/O is low.

Anyway, I can't reproduce the results, the CPU0's util is 92+%, and other CPUs
have ~100% util.

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