Re: [PATCH] cpufreq: schedutil: add up/down frequency transition rate limits
From: Rafael J. Wysocki
Date: Mon Nov 21 2016 - 15:53:51 EST
On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 5:46 PM, Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Mon, Nov 21, 2016 at 04:24:24PM +0000, Patrick Bellasi wrote:
>> On 21-Nov 16:26, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
>> > In any case, worth trying, see what happens.
>> Are you saying that you would like to see the code which implements a
>> more generic version of the peak_util "filter" on top of PELT?
> Not sure about peak_util, I was more thinking of an IIR/PID filter, as
> per the email thread referenced below. Doesn't make sense to hide that
> in intel_pstate if it appears to be universally useful etc..
>> IMO it could be a good exercise now that we agree we want to improve
>> PELT without replacing it.
> I think it would make sense to keep it inside sched_cpufreq for now.
>> > > For example, a task running 30 [ms] every 100 [ms] is a ~300 util_avg
>> > > task. With PELT, we get a signal which range between [120,550] with an
>> > > average of ~300 which is instead completely ignored. By capping the
>> > > decay we will get:
>> > >
>> > > decay_cap [ms] range average
>> > > 0 120:550 300
>> > > 64 140:560 310
>> > > 32 320:660 430
>> > >
>> > > which means that still the raw PELT signal is wobbling and never
>> > > provides a consistent response to drive decisions.
>> > >
>> > > Thus, a "predictor" should be something which sample information from
>> > > PELT to provide a more consistent view, a sort of of low-pass filter
>> > > on top of the "dynamic metric" which is PELT.
>> > >
>> > > Should not such a "predictor" help on solving some of the issues
>> > > related to PELT slow ramp-up or fast ramp-down?
>> > I think intel_pstate recently added a local PID filter, I asked at the
>> > time if something like that should live in generic code, looks like
>> > maybe it should.
>> That PID filter is not "just" a software implementation of the ACPI's
>> Collaborative Processor Performance Control (CPPC) when HWP hardware
>> is not provided by a certain processor?
> I think it was this thread:
> It never really made sense such a filter should live in individual
We don't use the IIR filter in intel_pstate after all.
We evaluated it, but it affected performance too much to be useful for us.
That said in the "proportional" version of the intel_pstate's P-state
selection algorithm (without PID) we ramp up faster than we reduce the
P-state, but the approach used in there depends on using the feedback
And, of course, that's only used if HWP is not active.