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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 08/10] sched: idle: Select idle state before stopping the tick
On Wed, Apr 04, 2018 at 10:47:06AM +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> From: Rafael J. Wysocki <>
> In order to address the issue with short idle duration predictions
> by the idle governor after the scheduler tick has been stopped,
> reorder the code in cpuidle_idle_call() so that the governor idle
> state selection runs before tick_nohz_idle_go_idle() and use the
> "nohz" hint returned by cpuidle_select() to decide whether or not
> to stop the tick.
> This isn't straightforward, because menu_select() invokes
> tick_nohz_get_sleep_length() to get the time to the next timer
> event and the number returned by the latter comes from
> __tick_nohz_idle_stop_tick(). Fortunately, however, it is possible
> to compute that number without actually stopping the tick and with
> the help of the existing code.
> Namely, tick_nohz_get_sleep_length() can be made call
> tick_nohz_next_event(), introduced earlier, to get the time to the
> next non-highres timer event. If that happens, tick_nohz_next_event()
> need not be called by __tick_nohz_idle_stop_tick() again.
> If it turns out that the scheduler tick cannot be stopped going
> forward or the next timer event is too close for the tick to be
> stopped, tick_nohz_get_sleep_length() can simply return the time to
> the next event currently programmed into the corresponding clock
> event device.
> In addition to knowing the return value of tick_nohz_next_event(),
> however, tick_nohz_get_sleep_length() needs to know the time to the
> next highres timer event, but with the scheduler tick timer excluded,
> which can be computed with the help of hrtimer_get_next_event().
> That minimum of that number and the tick_nohz_next_event() return
> value is the total time to the next timer event with the assumption
> that the tick will be stopped. It can be returned to the idle
> governor which can use it for predicting idle duration (under the
> assumption that the tick will be stopped) and deciding whether or
> not it makes sense to stop the tick before putting the CPU into the
> selected idle state.
> With the above, the sleep_length field in struct tick_sched is not
> necessary any more, so drop it.
> Signed-off-by: Rafael J. Wysocki <>

Reviewed-by: Frederic Weisbecker <>

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