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SubjectRe: [BUG] schedutil governor produces regular max freq spikes because of lockup detector watchdog threads
On Fri, Jan 5, 2018 at 9:37 PM, Leonard Crestez <leonard.crestez@nxp.com> wrote:
> Hello,
>
> When using the schedutil governor together with the softlockup detector
> all CPUs go to their maximum frequency on a regular basis. This seems
> to be because the watchdog creates a RT thread on each CPU and this
> causes regular kicks with:
>
> cpufreq_update_this_cpu(rq, SCHED_CPUFREQ_RT);
>
> The schedutil governor responds to this by immediately setting the
> maximum cpu frequency, this is very undesirable.
>
> The issue can be fixed by this patch from android:
> https://patchwork.kernel.org/patch/9301909/
>
> The patch stalled in a long discussion about how it's difficult for
> cpufreq to deal with RT and how some RT users might just disable
> cpufreq. It is indeed hard but if the system experiences regular power
> kicks from a common debug feature they will end up disabling schedutil
> instead.

They are basically free to use the other governors instead if they prefer them.

> No other governors behave this way,

Because they work differently overall.

> perhaps the current behavior should be considered a bug in schedutil.
>
> That patch now has conflicts with latest upstream. Perhaps a modified
> variant should be reconsidered for inclusion, or is there some other
> solution pending?

Patrick has a series of patches dealing with this problem area AFAICS,
but we are currently integrating material from Juri related to
deadline tasks.

> Alternatively the watchdog threads could be somehow marked as to never
> cause increased cpufreq.

Or maybe just replaced with something that is not a thread?

RT really doesn't leave much choice, because it basically means "I'm
important and I have a deadline, but I'm not telling you how important
I am and what the deadline is".

Thanks,
Rafael

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