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Subject[PATCH 08/15] sched,fair: simplify timeslice length code
The idea behind __sched_period makes sense, but the results do not always.

When a CPU has one high priority task and a large number of low priority
tasks, __sched_period will return a value larger than sysctl_sched_latency,
and the one high priority task may end up getting a timeslice all for itself
that is also much larger than sysctl_sched_latency.

The low priority tasks will have their time slices rounded up to
sysctl_sched_min_granularity, resulting in an even larger scheduling
latency than targeted by __sched_period.

Simplify the code by simply ripping out __sched_period and always taking
fractions of sysctl_sched_latency.

If a high priority task ends up getting a "too small" time slice compared
to low priority tasks, the vruntime scaling ensures that it will simply
get scheduled more frequently than low priority tasks.

Signed-off-by: Rik van Riel <>
kernel/sched/fair.c | 18 +-----------------
1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 17 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
index 8f8c85c6da9b..74ee22c59d13 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
@@ -691,22 +691,6 @@ static inline u64 calc_delta_fair(u64 delta, struct sched_entity *se)
return delta;

- * The idea is to set a period in which each task runs once.
- *
- * When there are too many tasks (sched_nr_latency) we have to stretch
- * this period because otherwise the slices get too small.
- *
- * p = (nr <= nl) ? l : l*nr/nl
- */
-static u64 __sched_period(unsigned long nr_running)
- if (unlikely(nr_running > sched_nr_latency))
- return nr_running * sysctl_sched_min_granularity;
- else
- return sysctl_sched_latency;
* We calculate the wall-time slice from the period by taking a part
* proportional to the weight.
@@ -715,7 +699,7 @@ static u64 __sched_period(unsigned long nr_running)
static u64 sched_slice(struct cfs_rq *cfs_rq, struct sched_entity *se)
- u64 slice = __sched_period(cfs_rq->nr_running + !se->on_rq);
+ u64 slice = sysctl_sched_latency;

for_each_sched_entity(se) {
struct load_weight *load;
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