Re: [RFC PATCH v1 04/11] sched/idle: make the fast idle path for short idle periods
From: Li, Aubrey
Date: Tue Jul 11 2017 - 23:20:12 EST
On 2017/7/12 2:11, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 06:33:55PM +0200, Frederic Weisbecker wrote:
>> On Tue, Jul 11, 2017 at 05:58:47AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
>>> On Mon, Jul 10, 2017 at 09:38:34AM +0800, Aubrey Li wrote:
>>>> From: Aubrey Li <aubrey.li@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>>>> The system will enter a fast idle loop if the predicted idle period
>>>> is shorter than the threshold.
>>>> kernel/sched/idle.c | 9 ++++++++-
>>>> 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)
>>>> diff --git a/kernel/sched/idle.c b/kernel/sched/idle.c
>>>> index cf6c11f..16a766c 100644
>>>> --- a/kernel/sched/idle.c
>>>> +++ b/kernel/sched/idle.c
>>>> @@ -280,6 +280,8 @@ static void cpuidle_generic(void)
>>>> static void do_idle(void)
>>>> + unsigned int predicted_idle_us;
>>>> + unsigned int short_idle_threshold = jiffies_to_usecs(1) / 2;
>>>> * If the arch has a polling bit, we maintain an invariant:
>>>> @@ -291,7 +293,12 @@ static void do_idle(void)
>>>> - cpuidle_generic();
>>>> + predicted_idle_us = cpuidle_predict();
>>>> + if (likely(predicted_idle_us < short_idle_threshold))
>>>> + cpuidle_fast();
>>> What if we get here from nohz_full usermode execution? In that
>>> case, if I remember correctly, the scheduling-clock interrupt
>>> will still be disabled, and would have to be re-enabled before
>>> we could safely invoke cpuidle_fast().
>>> Or am I missing something here?
>> That's a good point. It's partially ok because if the tick is needed
>> for something specific, it is not entirely stopped but programmed to that
>> Now there is some idle specific code when we enter dynticks-idle. See
>> tick_nohz_start_idle(), tick_nohz_stop_idle(), sched_clock_idle_wakeup_event()
>> and some subsystems that react differently when we enter dyntick idle
>> mode (scheduler_tick_max_deferment) so the tick may need a reevaluation.
>> For now I'd rather suggest that we treat full nohz as an exception case here
>> and do:
>> if (!tick_nohz_full_cpu(smp_processor_id()) && likely(predicted_idle_us < short_idle_threshold))
>> Ugly but safer!
> Works for me!
I guess who enabled full nohz(for example the financial guys who need the system
response as fast as possible) does not like this compromise, ;)
How about add rcu_idle enter/exit back only for full nohz case in fast idle? RCU idle
is the only risky ops if removing them from fast idle path. Comparing to adding RCU
idle back, going to normal idle path has more overhead IMHO.