Re: [PATCH] arm64: defconfig: enable fine-grained task level IRQ time accounting
From: Gregory CLEMENT
Date: Wed Aug 02 2017 - 09:11:59 EST
(Adding Arnd and Olof)
On lun., juil. 31 2017, Marcin Wojtas <mw@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> Tests showed, that under certain conditions, the summary number of jiffies
> spent on softirq/idle, which are counted by system statistics can be even
> below 10% of expected value, resulting in false load presentation.
> The issue was observed on the quad-core Marvell Armada 8k SoC, whose two
> 10G ports were bound into L2 bridge. Load was controlled by bidirectional
> UDP traffic, produced by a packet generator. Under such condition,
> the dominant load is softirq. With 100% single CPU occupation or without
> any activity (all CPUs 100% idle), total number of jiffies is 10000 (2500
> per each core) in 10s interval. Also with other kind of load this was
> However below a saturation threshold it was observed, that with CPU which
> was occupied almost by softirqs only, the statistic were awkward. See
> the mpstat output:
> CPU %usr %nice %sys %iowait %irq %soft %steal %guest %gnice %idle
> all 0.00 0.00 0.13 0.00 0.00 0.55 0.00 0.00 0.00 99.32
> 0 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 23.08 0.00 0.00 0.00 76.92
> 1 0.00 0.00 0.40 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 99.60
> 2 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
> 3 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 100.00
> Above would mean basically no total load, debug CPU0 occupied in 25%.
> Raw statistics, printed every 10s from /proc/stat unveiled a root
> cause - summary idle/softirq jiffies on loaded CPU were below 200,
> i.e. over 90% samples lost. All problems were gone after enabling
> fine granulity IRQ time accounting.
> This patch fixes possible wrong statistics processing by enabling
> CONFIG_IRQ_TIME_ACCOUNTING for arm64 platfroms, which is by
> default done on other architectures, e.g. x86 and arm. Tests
> showed no noticeable performance penalty, nor stability impact.
Who should take this patch?
I think that all the defconfig under arm64 are merged through the
arm-soc subsystem, but this one is not really specific to a
SoC. However, as it was experimented on an mvebu SoC, if you agree I can
> Signed-off-by: Marcin Wojtas <mw@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
> arch/arm64/configs/defconfig | 1 +
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+)
> diff --git a/arch/arm64/configs/defconfig b/arch/arm64/configs/defconfig
> index 44423e6..ed51ac6 100644
> --- a/arch/arm64/configs/defconfig
> +++ b/arch/arm64/configs/defconfig
> @@ -3,6 +3,7 @@ CONFIG_POSIX_MQUEUE=y
Gregory Clement, Free Electrons
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