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SubjectRe: [PATCH v9 3/7] cpuset: Add cpuset.sched.load_balance flag to v2
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On 05/31/2018 06:54 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, May 29, 2018 at 09:41:30AM -0400, Waiman Long wrote:
>
>> + cpuset.sched.load_balance
>> + A read-write single value file which exists on non-root
>> + cpuset-enabled cgroups. It is a binary value flag that accepts
>> + either "0" (off) or "1" (on). This flag is set by the parent
>> + and is not delegatable. It is on by default in the root cgroup.
>> +
>> + When it is on, tasks within this cpuset will be load-balanced
>> + by the kernel scheduler. Tasks will be moved from CPUs with
>> + high load to other CPUs within the same cpuset with less load
>> + periodically.
>> +
>> + When it is off, there will be no load balancing among CPUs on
>> + this cgroup. Tasks will stay in the CPUs they are running on
>> + and will not be moved to other CPUs.
> That is not entirely accurate I'm afraid (unless the patch makes it so,
> I've yet to check). When you disable load-balancing on a cgroup you'll
> get whatever balancing is left for the partition you happen to end up
> in.
>
> Take for instance workqueue thingies, they use kthread_bind_mask()
> (IIRC) and thus end up with PF_NO_SETAFFINITY so cpusets (or any other
> cgroups really) do not have effect on them (long standing complaint).
>
> So take for instance the unbound numa enabled workqueue threads, those
> will land in whatever partition and get balanced there.

Thanks for the clarification. The patch doesn't make any changes in the
scheduler. I was trying to say what the flag does. I will update the
documentation about this nuisance.

Cheers,
Longman

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