Re: [RFC PATCH 2/2] sched: idle: IRQ based next prediction for idle period

From: Daniel Lezcano
Date: Sun Jan 10 2016 - 17:38:02 EST

On 01/06/2016 06:40 PM, Nicolas Pitre wrote:
On Wed, 6 Jan 2016, Daniel Lezcano wrote:

Many IRQs are quiet most of the time, or they tend to come in bursts of
fairly equal time intervals within each burst. It is therefore possible
to detect those IRQs with stable intervals and guestimate when the next
IRQ event is most likely to happen.

Examples of such IRQs may include audio related IRQs where the FIFO size
and/or DMA descriptor size with the sample rate create stable intervals,
block devices during large data transfers, etc. Even network streaming
of multimedia content creates patterns of periodic network interface IRQs
in some cases.

This patch adds code to track the mean interval and variance for each IRQ
over a window of time intervals between IRQ events. Those statistics can
be used to assist cpuidle in selecting the most appropriate sleep state
by predicting the most likely time for the next interrupt.

Because the stats are gathered in interrupt context, the core computation
is as light as possible.

Signed-off-by: Daniel Lezcano <daniel.lezcano@xxxxxxxxxx>

[ ... ]

+ diff = ktime_sub(now, w->timestamp);
+ /*
+ * There is no point attempting predictions on interrupts more
+ * than 1 second apart. This has no benefit for sleep state
+ * selection and increases the risk of overflowing our variance
+ * computation. Reset all stats in that case.
+ */
+ if (unlikely(ktime_after(diff, ktime_set(1, 0)))) {
+ stats_reset(&w->stats);
+ continue;
+ }

The above is wrong. It is not computing the interval between successive
interruts but rather the interval between the last interrupt occurrence
and the present time (i.e. when we're about to go idle). This won't
prevent interrupt intervals greater than one second from being summed
and potentially overflowing the variance if this code is executed less
than a second after one such IRQ interval. This test should rather be
performed in sched_idle_irq().

Hi Nico,

I have been through here again and think we should duplicate the test because there are two cases:

1. We did not go idle and the interval measured in sched_idle_irq is more than one second, then the stats are reset. I suggest to use an approximation of one second: (diff < (1 << 20)) as we are in the fast

2. We are going idle and the latest interrupt happened one second apart from now. So we keep the current test.

-- Daniel

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