Re: [PATCH] sched/cputime: add steal clock warps handling during cpu hotplug
From: Rik van Riel
Date: Thu Jun 02 2016 - 09:59:56 EST
On Thu, 2016-06-02 at 14:00 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Thu, Jun 02, 2016 at 07:57:19PM +0800, Wanpeng Li wrote:
> > From: Wanpeng Li <wanpeng.li@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> > I observed that sometimes st is 100% instantaneous, then idle is
> > 100%Â
> > even if there is a cpu hog on the guest cpu after the cpu hotplug
> > comesÂ
> > back(N.B. both guest and host are latest 4.7-rc1, this can not
> > alwaysÂ
> > be readily reproduced). I add trace to capture it as below:
> > cpuhp/1-12ÂÂÂÂ d.h1ÂÂÂ167.461657: account_process_tick: steal
> > = 1291385514, prev_steal_time = 0ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
> > cpuhp/1-12ÂÂÂÂ d.h1ÂÂÂ167.461659: account_process_tick:
> > steal_jiffies = 1291ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
> > <idle>-0ÂÂÂÂÂ d.h1ÂÂÂ167.462663: account_process_tick: steal =
> > 18732255, prev_steal_time = 1291000000ÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂÂ
> > <idle>-0ÂÂÂÂÂ d.h1ÂÂÂ167.462664: account_process_tick:
> > steal_jiffies = 18446744072437
> > The steal clock warps and then steal_jiffies overflow, this patch
> > alignÂ
> > prev_steal_time to the new steal clock timestamp, in order to
> > avoidÂ
> > overflow and st stuff can continue to work.
> I would rather suggest fixing the steal clock thing to not jump like
> that; is that at all possible?
Not always possible, I suspect.
If a guest is saved to disk and later restored (eg. after
a host reboot), or live migrated to another host, I would
expect to get totally disjoint steal time statistics from
the "new run" of the guest (which is the same run of the
In fact, this code may also need to deal with the case
where steal time suddenly increases by a ludicrous amount,
and ignore those events, too.
A safe threshold might be to only apply steal times that
are positive and smaller than one second (as long as nohz_full
has the one second timer tick left), ignoring intervals that
are negative or longer than a second, and using those to sync
up the guest with the host.
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