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SubjectRe: [RFC/RFT] [PATCH 02/10] cpufreq: intel_pstate: Conditional frequency invariant accounting
Hi Peter,
maybe you missed this previous my response:
20180518133353.GO30654@e110439-lin
?

Would like to have your tought about the concept of "transient maximum
capacity" I was describing...

On 18-May 14:33, Patrick Bellasi wrote:
> On 18-May 13:29, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Fri, May 18, 2018 at 11:57:42AM +0100, Patrick Bellasi wrote:
> > > Thus, my simple (maybe dumb) questions are:
> > > - why can't we just fold turbo boost frequency into the existing concepts?
> > > - what are the limitations of such a "simple" approach?
> >
> > Perhaps... but does this not further complicate the whole capacity vs
> > util thing we already have in say the misfit patches?
>
> Not sure about that...
>
> > And the util_fits_capacity() thing from the EAS ones.
>
> In this case instead, if we can track somehow (not saying we can)
> what is the currently available "transient maximum capacity"...
> then a util_fits_capacity() should just look at that.
>
> If the transient capacity is already folded into cpu_capacity, as it
> is now for RT and IRQ pressure, then likely we don't have to change
> anything.
>
> > The thing is, we either need to dynamically scale the util or the
> > capacity or both. I think for Thermal there are patches out there that
> > drop the capacity.
>
> Not sure... but I would feel more comfortable by something which caps
> the maximum capacity. Meaning, eventually you can fill up the maximum
> possible capacity only "up to" a given value, because of thermal or other
> reasons most of the scheduler maybe doesn't even have to know why?
>
> > But we'd then have to do the same for turbo/vector and all the other
> > stuff as well. Otherwise we risk things like running at low U with 0%
> > idle and not triggering the tipping point between eas and regular
> > balancing.
>
> Interacting with the tipping point and/or OPP changes is indeed an
> interesting side of the problem I was not considering so far...
>
> But again, the tipping point could not be defined as a delta
> with respect to the "transient maximum capacity" ?
>
> > So either way around we need to know the 'true' max, either to fudge
> > util or to fudge capacity.
>
> Right, but what I see from a concepts standpoint is something like:
>
> +--+--+ cpu_capacity_orig (CONSTANT at boot time)
> | | |
> | | | HW generated constraints
> | v |
> +-----+ cpu_capacity_max (depending on thermal/turbo boost)
> | | |
> | | | SW generated constraints
> | v |
> +-----+ cpu_capacity (depending on RT/IRQ pressure)
> | | |
> | | | tipping point delta
> +--v--+
> | | Energy Aware mode available capacity
> +-----+
>
> Where all the wkp/lb heuristics are updated to properly consider the
> cpu_capacity_max metrics whenever it comes to know what is the max
> speed we can reach now on a CPU.
>
> > And I'm not sure we can know in some of these cases :/
>
> Right, this schema will eventually work only under the hypothesis that
> "somehow" we can update cpu_capacity_max from HW events.
>
> Not entirely sure that's possible and/or at which time granularity on
> all different platforms.
>
> > And while Vincent's patches might have been inspired by another problem,
> > they do have the effect of always allowing util to go to 1, which is
> > nice for this.
>
> Sure, that's a nice point, but still I have the feeling that always
> reaching u=1 can defeat other interesting properties of a task,
> For example, comparing task requirements in different CPUs and/or at
> different times, which plays a big role for energy aware task
> placement decisions.
>
> --
> #include <best/regards.h>
>
> Patrick Bellasi

--
#include <best/regards.h>

Patrick Bellasi

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