[tip:sched/core] sched/fair: Spare idle load balancing on nohz_full CPUs

From: tip-bot for Frederic Weisbecker
Date: Thu Jun 22 2017 - 07:16:36 EST

Commit-ID: 387bc8b5536eeb0a92f4b4ab553539eaea2ac0ba
Gitweb: http://git.kernel.org/tip/387bc8b5536eeb0a92f4b4ab553539eaea2ac0ba
Author: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx>
AuthorDate: Mon, 19 Jun 2017 04:12:02 +0200
Committer: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx>
CommitDate: Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:30:02 +0200

sched/fair: Spare idle load balancing on nohz_full CPUs

Although idle load balancing obviously only concerns idle CPUs, it can
be a disturbance on a busy nohz_full CPU. Indeed a CPU can only get rid
of an idle load balancing duty once a tick fires while it runs a task
and this can take a while on a nohz_full CPU.

We could fix that and escape the idle load balancing duty from the very
idle exit path but that would bring unecessary overhead. Lets just not
bother and leave that job to housekeeping CPUs (those outside nohz_full
range). The nohz_full CPUs simply don't want any disturbance.

Signed-off-by: Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@xxxxxxxxxx>
Cc: Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1497838322-10913-4-git-send-email-fweisbec@xxxxxxxxx
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxxxxx>
kernel/sched/fair.c | 4 ++++
1 file changed, 4 insertions(+)

diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
index a24661a..694c258 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
@@ -8683,6 +8683,10 @@ void nohz_balance_enter_idle(int cpu)
if (!cpu_active(cpu))

+ /* Spare idle load balancing on CPUs that don't want to be disturbed: */
+ if (!is_housekeeping_cpu(cpu))
+ return;
if (test_bit(NOHZ_TICK_STOPPED, nohz_flags(cpu)))