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SubjectRe: [RFC 00/60] Coscheduling for Linux
On Fri, Sep 14, 2018 at 06:25:44PM +0200, Jan H. Schönherr wrote:
> On 09/14/2018 01:12 PM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Fri, Sep 07, 2018 at 11:39:47PM +0200, Jan H. Schönherr wrote:

> >> B) Why would I want this?
> >
> >> In the L1TF context, it prevents other applications from loading
> >> additional data into the L1 cache, while one application tries to leak
> >> data.
> >
> > That is the whole and only reason you did this;
> It really isn't. But as your mind seems made up, I'm not going to bother
> to argue.

> >> D) What can I *not* do with this?
> >> ---------------------------------
> >>
> >> Besides the missing load-balancing within coscheduled task-groups, this
> >> implementation has the following properties, which might be considered
> >> short-comings.
> >>
> >> This particular implementation focuses on SCHED_OTHER tasks managed by CFS
> >> and allows coscheduling them. Interrupts as well as tasks in higher
> >> scheduling classes are currently out-of-scope: they are assumed to be
> >> negligible interruptions as far as coscheduling is concerned and they do
> >> *not* cause a preemption of a whole group. This implementation could be
> >> extended to cover higher scheduling classes. Interrupts, however, are an
> >> orthogonal issue.
> >>
> >> The collective context switch from one coscheduled set of tasks to another
> >> -- while fast -- is not atomic. If a use-case needs the absolute guarantee
> >> that all tasks of the previous set have stopped executing before any task
> >> of the next set starts executing, an additional hand-shake/barrier needs to
> >> be added.
> >
> > IOW it's completely friggin useless for L1TF.
>
> Do you believe me now, that L1TF is not "the whole and only reason" I did this? :D

You did mention this work first to me in the context of L1TF, so I might
have jumped to conclusions here.

Also, I have, of course, been looking at (SMT) co-scheduling,
specifically in the context of L1TF, myself. I came up with a vastly
different approach. Tim - where are we on getting some of that posted?

Note; that even though I wrote much of that code, I don't particularly
like it either :-)

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