Re: [PATCH 4/8] cpufreq/schedutil: sysfs capacity margin tunable

From: Juri Lelli
Date: Thu Mar 17 2016 - 13:53:02 EST


On 17/03/16 15:53, Patrick Bellasi wrote:
> On 17-Mar 06:55, Steve Muckle wrote:
> > On 03/17/2016 02:40 AM, Juri Lelli wrote:
> > >> Could the default schedtune value not serve as the out of the box margin?
> > >>
> > > I'm not sure I understand you here. For me schedtune should be disabled
> > > by default, so I'd say that it doesn't introduce any additional margin
> > > by default. But we still need a margin to make the governor work without
> > > schedtune in the mix.
> >
> > Why not have schedtune be enabled always, and use it to add the margin?
> > It seems like it'd simplify things.
> Actually one of the effects we noticed when SchedTune and SchedFreq
> are both in use is that we have a sort of "double boosting" effect.
> SchedTune boosts the CPU utilization signal, thus already providing a
> sort of margin for the selection of the OPP. This margin overlaps with
> the SchedFreq margin, which in turns could results in the selection of
> an OPP even more higher than required (with boost already accouned).
> > I haven't looked at the schedtune code at all so I don't know whether
> > this makes sense given its current implementation.
> The current implementation requires review, of course ;-)
> Last (and only) posting is based on top of SchedFreq code, as it was
> at that time.
> > But conceptually I don't know why we'd need or want one margin in
> > schedutil which will be tunable, and then another mechanism for
> > tuning as well.
> I agree with Steve on the conceptual standpoint. The main goal of
> SchedTune is actually to provide a "single tunable" to bias many
> different subsystem in a "consistent" way. Thus, from a conceptual
> standpoint, IMO it makes sens to investigate better how the boost value
> can be linked with SchedFreq.
> A possible option can be to:
> 1. use an hardcoded margin (M) defined by SchedFreq
> this margin is used to trigger OPP jumps
> when SchedTune _is not_ in use
> 2. "compose" the M margin with a boost value defined margin (B)
> when SchedTune _is_ in use
> This means, e.g.
> schedfreq_margin = max(M, B)
> Thus:
> a) non boosted tasks (and in general when SchedTune is not in use)
> gets OPPs jumps based on the hardcoded M margin
> b) boosted tasks can get more aggressive OPPs jumps based on the B
> margin
> While the M margin is hardcoded, the B one is defined via CGroups
> depending on the how much tasks needs to be boosted.

Makes sense to me. And I think M margin is the one we don't want to make
part of the ABI and only play with it under DEBUG.


- Juri