Re: [PATCH 1/4] softirq: implement IRQ flood detection mechanism

From: Bart Van Assche
Date: Wed Sep 04 2019 - 13:07:52 EST

On 9/3/19 12:50 AM, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
On 03/09/2019 09:28, Ming Lei wrote:
On Tue, Sep 03, 2019 at 08:40:35AM +0200, Daniel Lezcano wrote:
It is a scheduler problem then ?

Scheduler can do nothing if the CPU is taken completely by handling
interrupt & softirq, so seems not a scheduler problem, IMO.

Why? If there is a irq pressure on one CPU reducing its capacity, the
scheduler will balance the tasks on another CPU, no?

Only if CONFIG_IRQ_TIME_ACCOUNTING has been enabled. However, I don't know any Linux distro that enables that option. That's probably because that option introduces two rdtsc() calls in each interrupt. Given the overhead introduced by this option, I don't think this is the solution Ming is looking for.

See also irqtime_account_irq() in kernel/sched/cputime.c.