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SubjectRe: [PATCH] sched/fair: Do not decay new task load on first enqueue
On 10 October 2016 at 15:54, Dietmar Eggemann <> wrote:
> On 10/10/16 13:29, Vincent Guittot wrote:
>> On 10 October 2016 at 12:01, Matt Fleming <> wrote:
>>> On Sun, 09 Oct, at 11:39:27AM, Wanpeng Li wrote:
>>>> The difference between this patch and Peterz's is your patch have a
>>>> delta since activate_task()->enqueue_task() does do update_rq_clock(),
>>>> so why don't have the delta will cause low cpu machines (4 or 8) to
>>>> regress against your another reply in this thread?
>>> Both my patch and Peter's patch cause issues with low cpu machines. In
>>> <> I said,
>>> "This patch causes some low cpu machines (4 or 8) to regress. It turns
>>> out they regress with my patch too."
>>> Have I misunderstood your question?
>>> I ran out of time to investigate this last week, though I did try all
>>> proposed patches, including Vincent's, and none of them produced wins
>>> across the board.
>> I have tried to reprocude your issue on my target an hikey board (ARM
>> based octo cores) but i failed to see a regression with commit
>> 7dc603c9028e. Neverthless, i can see tasks not been well spread
> Wasn't this about the two patches mentioned in this thread? The one from
> Matt using 'se->sum_exec_runtime' in the if condition in
> enqueue_entity_load_avg() and Peterz's conditional call to
> update_rq_clock(rq) in enqueue_task()?

I was trying to reproduce the regression that Matt mentioned at the
beg of the thread not those linked to proposed fixes

>> during fork as you mentioned. So I have studied a bit more the
>> spreading issue during fork last week and i have a new version of my
>> proposed patch that i'm going to send soon. With this patch, i can see
>> a good spread of tasks during the fork sequence and some kind of perf
>> improvement even if it's bit difficult as the variance is quite
>> important with hackbench test so it's mainly an improvement of
>> repeatability of the result
> Hikey (ARM64 2x4 cpus) board: cpufreq: performance, cpuidle: disabled
> Performance counter stats for 'perf bench sched messaging -g 20 -l 500'
> (10 runs):
> (1) tip/sched/core: commit 447976ef4fd0
> 5.902209533 seconds time elapsed ( +- 0.31% )

This seems to be too long to test the impact of the forking phase of hackbench

> (2) tip/sched/core + original patch on the 'sched/fair: Do not decay
> new task load on first enqueue' thread (23/09/16)
> 5.919933030 seconds time elapsed ( +- 0.44% )
> (3) tip/sched/core + Peter's ENQUEUE_NEW patch on the 'sched/fair: Do
> not decay new task load on first enqueue' thread (28/09/16)
> 5.970195534 seconds time elapsed ( +- 0.37% )
> Not sure if we can call this a regression but it also shows no
> performance gain.
>>> I should get a bit further this week.
>>> Vincent, Dietmar, did you guys ever get around to submitting your PELT
>>> tracepoint patches? Getting some introspection into the scheduler's
>> My tarcepoint are not in a shape to be submitted and would need a
>> cleanup as some are more hacks for debugging than real trace events.
>> Nevertheless, i can push them on a git branch if they can be useful
>> for someone
> We carry two trace events locally, one for PELT on se and one for
> cfs_rq's (I have to add the runnable bits here) which work for
> __update_load_avg(), attach_entity_load_avg() and
> detach_entity_load_avg(). I could post them but so far mainline has been
> reluctant to see the need for PELT related trace events ...
> [...]

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