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SubjectRe: [PATCH v5 03/10] cpufreq/schedutil: add rt utilization tracking
On Thu, May 31, 2018 at 10:46:07AM +0200, Juri Lelli wrote:
> On 30/05/18 17:46, Quentin Perret wrote:

> > So I understand why we want to got to max freq when a RT task is running,
> > but I think there are use cases where we might want to be more conservative
> > and use the util_avg of the RT rq instead. The first use case is
> > battery-powered devices where going to max isn't really affordable from
> > an energy standpoint. Android, for example, has been using a RT
> > utilization signal to select OPPs for quite a while now, because going
> > to max blindly is _very_ expensive.
> >
> > And the second use-case is thermal pressure. On some modern CPUs, going to
> > max freq can lead to stringent thermal capping very quickly, at the
> > point where your CPUs might not have enough capacity to serve your tasks
> > properly. And that can ultimately hurt the very RT tasks you originally
> > tried to run fast. In these systems, in the long term, you'd be better off
> > not asking for more than what you really need ...
>
> Proposed the same at last LPC. Peter NAKed it (since RT is all about
> meeting deadlines, and when using FIFO/RR we don't really know how fast
> the CPU should go to meet them, so go to max is the only safe decision).
>
> > So what about having a sched_feature to select between going to max and
> > using the RT util_avg ? Obviously the default should keep the current
> > behaviour.
>
> Peter, would SCHED_FEAT make a difference? :)

Hurmph...

> Or Patrick's utilization capping applied to RT..

There might be something there, IIRC that tracks the max potential
utilization for the running tasks. So at that point we can set a
frequency to minimize idle time.

It's not perfect, because while the clamping thing effectively sets a
per-task bandwidth, the max filter is wrong. Also there's no CBS to
enforce anything.

With RT servers we could aggregate the group bandwidth and limit from
that...

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