Re: [PATCH 2/2] sched/debug: add sched_update_nr_running tracepoint

From: chengjian (D)
Date: Wed Sep 04 2019 - 02:55:42 EST

On 2019/9/4 0:05, Valentin Schneider wrote:
On 03/09/2019 16:43, Radim KrÄmÃÅ wrote:
The paper "The Linux Scheduler: a Decade of Wasted Cores" used several
custom data gathering points to better understand what was going on in
the scheduler.
Red Hat adapted one of them for the tracepoint framework and created a
tool to plot a heatmap of nr_running, where the sched_update_nr_running
tracepoint is being used for fine grained monitoring of scheduling
The tool is available from

The best place for the tracepoints is inside the add/sub_nr_running,
which requires some shenanigans to make it work as they are defined
inside sched.h.
The tracepoints have to be included from sched.h, which means that
CREATE_TRACE_POINTS has to be defined for the whole header and this
might cause problems if tree-wide headers expose tracepoints in sched.h
dependencies, but I'd argue it's the other side's misuse of tracepoints.

Moving the import sched.h line lower would require fixes in s390 and ppc
headers, because they don't include dependecies properly and expect
sched.h to do it, so it is simpler to keep sched.h there and
preventively undefine CREATE_TRACE_POINTS right after.

Exports of the pelt tracepoints remain because they don't need to be
protected by CREATE_TRACE_POINTS and moving them closer would be

Pure trace events are frowned upon in scheduler world, try going with
trace points. Qais did something very similar recently:

You'll have to implement the associated trace events in a module, which
lets you define your own event format and doesn't form an ABI :).


Hi Radim,

Why not try Chrome Tracing

1--Record trace data, scheduling, irq, etc.
ÂÂÂ You can Produce a JSON file with the format expected by Chrome
ÂÂÂ just save the captured data directly as "xxx.html", it can still work.
ÂÂÂ cat /sys/kernel/debug/tracing/trace > trace.html
2--Go to chrome://tracing in Chrome,
3--Click "Load" and open your file, or alternatively drag the file into Chrome,

Systrace (Android System Trace) captures and displays execution times of your app's
processes and other Android system processes, fortunately, there are some ported
versions for Linux Desktop/Server.


ÂÂÂ - Cheng Jian.