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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 2/2] cpufreq: intel_pstate: Conditional frequency invariant accounting
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On Fri, 2019-10-04 at 10:57 +0200, Giovanni Gherdovich wrote:
> On Fri, 2019-10-04 at 10:29 +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > On Fri, Oct 4, 2019 at 10:24 AM Giovanni Gherdovich <
> > ggherdovich@suse.cz> wrote:
> > >
> > > On Thu, 2019-10-03 at 20:31 -0700, Srinivas Pandruvada wrote:
> > > > On Thu, 2019-10-03 at 20:05 +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> > > > > On Wednesday, October 2, 2019 2:29:26 PM CEST Giovanni
> > > > > Gherdovich
> > > > > wrote:
> > > > > > From: Srinivas Pandruvada <
> > > > > > srinivas.pandruvada@linux.intel.com>
> > > > > >
> > > > > > intel_pstate has two operating modes: active and passive.
> > > > > > In "active"
> > > > > > mode, the in-built scaling governor is used and in
> > > > > > "passive" mode, the
> > > > > > driver can be used with any governor like "schedutil". In
> > > > > > "active" mode
> > > > > > the utilization values from schedutil is not used and there
> > > > > > is a
> > > > > > requirement from high performance computing use cases, not
> > > > > > to readas
> > > > > > well any APERF/MPERF MSRs.
> > > > >
> > > > > Well, this isn't quite convincing.
> > > > >
> > > > > In particular, I don't see why the "don't read APERF/MPERF
> > > > > MSRs" argument
> > > > > applies *only* to intel_pstate in the "active" mode. What
> > > > > about
> > > > > intel_pstate in the "passive" mode combined with the
> > > > > "performance"
> > > > > governor? Or any other governor different from "schedutil"
> > > > > for that
> > > > > matter?
> > > > >
> > > > > And what about acpi_cpufreq combined with any governor
> > > > > different from
> > > > > "schedutil"?
> > > > >
> > > > > Scale invariance is not really needed in all of those cases
> > > > > right now
> > > > > AFAICS, or is it?
> > > >
> > > > Correct. This is just part of the patch to disable in active
> > > > mode
> > > > (particularly in HWP and performance mode).
> > > >
> > > > But this patch is 2 years old. The folks who wanted this,
> > > > disable
> > > > intel-pstate and use userspace governor with acpi-cpufreq. So
> > > > may be
> > > > better to address those cases too.
> > >
> > > I disagree with "scale invariance is needed only by the schedutil
> > > governor";
> > > the two other users are the CPU's estimated utilization in the
> > > wakeup path,
> > > via cpu_util_without(), as well as the load-balance path, via
> > > cpu_util() which
> > > is used by update_sg_lb_stats().
> >
> > OK, so there are reasons to run the scale invariance code which are
> > not related to the cpufreq governor in use.
> >
> > I wonder then why those reasons are not relevant for intel_pstate
> > in
> > the "active" mode.
> >
> > > Also remember that scale invariance is applied to both PELT
> > > signals util_avg
> > > and load_avg; schedutil uses the former but not the latter.
> > >
> > > I understand Srinivas patch to disable MSR accesses during the
> > > tick as a
> > > band-aid solution to address a specific use case he cares about,
> > > but I don't
> > > think that extending this approach to any non-schedutil governor
> > > is a good
> > > idea -- you'd be killing load balancing in the process.
> >
> > But that is also the case for intel_pstate in the "active" mode,
> > isn't it?
>
> Sure it is.
>
> Now, what's the performance impact of loosing scale-invariance in
> PELT signals?
> And what's the performance impact of accessing two MSRs at the
> scheduler tick
> on each CPU?
>
> I am sporting Srinivas' patch because he expressed the concern that
> the losses
> don't justify the gains for a specific class of users
> (supercomputing),
> although I don't fully like the idea (and arguably that should be
> measured).
>
I understand there are other impact of the scale invariance like in
deadline code, which I didn't see when I submitted this patch.
You can drop this patch at this time if you like. I can poke HPC folks
to test a released kernel.

Thanks,
Srinivas


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