Re: [PATCH 1/2] sched,time: remove pointless divides from __acct_update_integrals

From: Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Fri Jan 29 2016 - 22:36:44 EST

On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 12:10:18AM +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 05:22:59PM -0500, riel@xxxxxxxxxx wrote:
> > From: Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx>
> >
> > When running a microbenchmark calling an invalid syscall number
> > in a loop, on a nohz_full CPU, we spend a full 9% of our CPU
> > time in __acct_update_integrals.
> >
> > This function converts cputime_t to jiffies, to a timeval, only to
> > convert the timeval back to microseconds before discarding it.
> >
> > This patch leaves __acct_update_integrals functionally equivalent,
> > but speeds things up by about 11%, with 10 million calls to an
> > invalid syscall number dropping from 3.7 to 3.3 seconds.
> WTH is this taskstat crap anyway? Who uses it and can't we kill it?

I have no idea what it's used for, it seems to be related to taskstats
over netlink. I'm not even sure if it's actually used. There don't seem
to be a runtime offcase and I bet distros enable it. So that stuff does
some work every millisecond on millions of machines while it probably
has very few users.

SGI introduced it in 2006 and it seems that their last contribution there is
in 2008. The rest is kernel maintainance and fixes.

If there are still users of it, then at least we should disable it on runtime by