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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2] sched: rt: Make RT capacity aware
Hi Steve

On 10/28/19 14:01, Steven Rostedt wrote:
> On Mon, 28 Oct 2019 15:37:49 +0100
> Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:
>
> > On Wed, Oct 09, 2019 at 11:46:11AM +0100, Qais Yousef wrote:
> > > Capacity Awareness refers to the fact that on heterogeneous systems
> > > (like Arm big.LITTLE), the capacity of the CPUs is not uniform, hence
> > > when placing tasks we need to be aware of this difference of CPU
> > > capacities.
> > >
> > > In such scenarios we want to ensure that the selected CPU has enough
> > > capacity to meet the requirement of the running task. Enough capacity
> > > means here that capacity_orig_of(cpu) >= task.requirement.
> > >
> > > The definition of task.requirement is dependent on the scheduling class.
> > >
> > > For CFS, utilization is used to select a CPU that has >= capacity value
> > > than the cfs_task.util.
> > >
> > > capacity_orig_of(cpu) >= cfs_task.util
> > >
> > > DL isn't capacity aware at the moment but can make use of the bandwidth
> > > reservation to implement that in a similar manner CFS uses utilization.
> > > The following patchset implements that:
> > >
> > > https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20190506044836.2914-1-luca.abeni@santannapisa.it/
> > >
> > > capacity_orig_of(cpu)/SCHED_CAPACITY >= dl_deadline/dl_runtime
> > >
> > > For RT we don't have a per task utilization signal and we lack any
> > > information in general about what performance requirement the RT task
> > > needs. But with the introduction of uclamp, RT tasks can now control
> > > that by setting uclamp_min to guarantee a minimum performance point.
> > >
> > > ATM the uclamp value are only used for frequency selection; but on
> > > heterogeneous systems this is not enough and we need to ensure that the
> > > capacity of the CPU is >= uclamp_min. Which is what implemented here.
> > >
> > > capacity_orig_of(cpu) >= rt_task.uclamp_min
> > >
> > > Note that by default uclamp.min is 1024, which means that RT tasks will
> > > always be biased towards the big CPUs, which make for a better more
> > > predictable behavior for the default case.
> > >
> > > Must stress that the bias acts as a hint rather than a definite
> > > placement strategy. For example, if all big cores are busy executing
> > > other RT tasks we can't guarantee that a new RT task will be placed
> > > there.
> > >
> > > On non-heterogeneous systems the original behavior of RT should be
> > > retained. Similarly if uclamp is not selected in the config.
> > >
> > > Signed-off-by: Qais Yousef <qais.yousef@arm.com>
> >
> > Works for me; Steve you OK with this?
>
> Nothing against it, but I want to take a deeper look before we accept
> it. Are you OK in waiting a week? I'm currently at Open Source Summit
> and still have two more talks to write (giving them Thursday). I wont
> have time to look till next week.

Apologies if I am being too pushy. But not sure whether this is waiting for its
turn in the queue or slipped through the cracks, hence another gentle reminder
in case it's the latter :-)

Many thanks

--
Qais Yousef

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