Re: [PATCH 4/8] cpufreq/schedutil: sysfs capacity margin tunable
From: Michael Turquette
Date: Wed Mar 16 2016 - 18:05:18 EST
Quoting Steve Muckle (2016-03-16 10:55:49)
> On 03/16/2016 03:02 AM, Juri Lelli wrote:
> > Hi,
> > On 16/03/16 09:05, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> >> On Tue, Mar 15, 2016 at 08:36:57PM -0700, Steve Muckle wrote:
> >>>> Then again, maybe this knob will be part of the mythical
> >>>> power-vs-performance slider?
> >>> Patrick Bellasi's schedtune series  (which I think is the referenced
> >>> mythical slider) aims to provide a more sophisticated interface for
> >>> tuning scheduler-driven frequency selection. In addition to a global
> >>> boost value it includes a cgroup controller as well for per-task tuning.
> >>> I would definitely expect the margin/boost value to be modified at
> >>> runtime, for example if the battery is running low, or the user wants
> >>> 100% performance for a while, or the userspace framework wants to
> >>> temporarily tailor the performance level for a particular set of tasks, etc.
> >> OK, so how about we start with it as a debug knob, and once we have
> >> experience and feel like it is indeed a useful runtime knob, we upgrade
> >> it to ABI.
> > I tend to agree here. To me the margin is something that we need to make
> > this thing work and to get acceptable performance out of the box. So we
> > can play with it while debugging, but I consider the schedtune slider as
> > the way to tune the system at runtime.
> Could the default schedtune value not serve as the out of the box margin?
It can. Let's keep the kernel interfaces in patch #2 for changing the
margin/threshold, and schedtune can call these interfaces.
> Regardless I agree that a debug interface is the way to go for now while
> we figure things out.