Re: [PATCH] sched,numa: document and fix numa_preferred_nid setting

From: Rik van Riel
Date: Mon Jun 22 2015 - 18:29:16 EST

On 06/22/2015 12:13 PM, Srikar Dronamraju wrote:
>> + * migrating the task to where it really belongs.
>> + * The exception is a task that belongs to a large numa_group, which
>> + * spans multiple NUMA nodes. If that task migrates into one of the
>> + * workload's active nodes, remember that node as the task's
>> + * numa_preferred_nid, so the workload can settle down.
>> */
>> if (p->numa_group) {
>> if (env.best_cpu == -1)
>> @@ -1513,7 +1520,7 @@ static int task_numa_migrate(struct task_struct *p)
>> nid = env.dst_nid;
>> if (node_isset(nid, p->numa_group->active_nodes))
>> - sched_setnuma(p, env.dst_nid);
>> + sched_setnuma(p, nid);
>> }
>> /* No better CPU than the current one was found. */
> When I refer to the Modified Rik's patch, I mean to remove the
> node_isset() check before the sched_setnuma. With that change, we kind
> of reduce the numa02 and 1JVMper System regression while getting as good
> numbers as Rik's patch with 2JVM and 4JVM per System.
> The idea behind removing the node_isset check is:
> node_isset is mostly used to track mem movement to nodes where cpus are
> running and not vice versa. This is as per comment in
> update_numa_active_node_mask. There could be a sitation where task memory
> is all in a node and the node has capacity to accomodate but no tasks
> associated with the task have run enuf on that node. In such a case, we
> shouldnt be ruling out migrating the task to the node.

That is a good point.

However, if overriding the preferred_nid that task_numa_placement
identified is a good idea in task_numa_migrate, would it also be
a good idea for tasks that are NOT part of a numa group?

What are the consequences of never setting preferred_nid from
task_numa_migrate? (we would try to migrate the task to a
better node more frequently)

What are the consequences of always setting preferred_nid from
task_numa_migrate? (we would only try migrating the task once,
and it could get stuck in a sub-optimal location)

The patch seems to work, but I do not understand why, and would
like to know your ideas on why you think the patch works.

I am really not looking forward to the idea of maintaining code
that nobody understands...

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