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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC] schedutil: Allow cpufreq requests to be made even when kthread kicked
On Thu, May 17, 2018 at 12:53:58PM +0200, Juri Lelli wrote:
> On 17/05/18 15:50, Viresh Kumar wrote:
> > On 17-05-18, 09:00, Juri Lelli wrote:
> > > Hi Joel,
> > >
> > > On 16/05/18 15:45, Joel Fernandes (Google) wrote:
> > >
> > > [...]
> > >
> > > > @@ -382,13 +391,24 @@ sugov_update_shared(struct update_util_data *hook, u64 time, unsigned int flags)
> > > > static void sugov_work(struct kthread_work *work)
> > > > {
> > > > struct sugov_policy *sg_policy = container_of(work, struct sugov_policy, work);
> > > > + unsigned int freq;
> > > > + unsigned long flags;
> > > > +
> > > > + /*
> > > > + * Hold sg_policy->update_lock shortly to handle the case where:
> > > > + * incase sg_policy->next_freq is read here, and then updated by
> > > > + * sugov_update_shared just before work_in_progress is set to false
> > > > + * here, we may miss queueing the new update.
> > > > + */
> > > > + raw_spin_lock_irqsave(&sg_policy->update_lock, flags);
> > > > + freq = sg_policy->next_freq;
> > > > + sg_policy->work_in_progress = false;
> > > > + raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore(&sg_policy->update_lock, flags);
> > >
> > > OK, we queue the new request up, but still we need to let this kthread
> > > activation complete and then wake it up again to service the request
> > > already queued, right? Wasn't what Claudio proposed (service back to
> > > back requests all in the same kthread activation) better from an
> > > overhead pow?

Hmm, from that perspective, yeah. But note that my patch doesn't increase the
overhead from what it already is.. because we don't queue the irq_work again
unless work_in_progress is cleared, which wouldn't be if the kthread didn't
run yet.

> >
> > We would need more locking stuff in the work handler in that case and
> > I think there maybe a chance of missing the request in that solution
> > if the request happens right at the end of when sugov_work returns.
>
> Mmm, true. Ideally we might want to use some sort of queue where to
> atomically insert requests and then consume until queue is empty from
> sugov kthread.

IMO we don't really need a queue or anything, we should need the kthread to
process the *latest* request it sees since that's the only one that matters.

> But, I guess that's going to be too much complexity for an (hopefully)
> corner case.

I thought of this corner case too, I'd argue its still an improvement over
not doing anything, but we could tighten this up a bit more if you wanted by
doing something like this on top of my patch. Thoughts?

---8<-----------------------

diff --git a/kernel/sched/cpufreq_schedutil.c b/kernel/sched/cpufreq_schedutil.c
index a87fc281893d..e45ec24b810b 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/cpufreq_schedutil.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/cpufreq_schedutil.c
@@ -394,6 +394,7 @@ static void sugov_work(struct kthread_work *work)
unsigned int freq;
unsigned long flags;

+redo_work:
/*
* Hold sg_policy->update_lock shortly to handle the case where:
* incase sg_policy->next_freq is read here, and then updated by
@@ -409,6 +410,9 @@ static void sugov_work(struct kthread_work *work)
__cpufreq_driver_target(sg_policy->policy, freq,
CPUFREQ_RELATION_L);
mutex_unlock(&sg_policy->work_lock);
+
+ if (sg_policy->work_in_progress)
+ goto redo_work;
}

static void sugov_irq_work(struct irq_work *irq_work)
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