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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/3] drm: commit_work scheduling
On Fri, Oct 2, 2020 at 4:01 AM Qais Yousef <qais.yousef@arm.com> wrote:
>
> On 09/30/20 14:17, Rob Clark wrote:
> > From: Rob Clark <robdclark@chromium.org>
> >
> > The android userspace treats the display pipeline as a realtime problem.
> > And arguably, if your goal is to not miss frame deadlines (ie. vblank),
> > it is. (See https://lwn.net/Articles/809545/ for the best explaination
> > that I found.)
> >
> > But this presents a problem with using workqueues for non-blocking
> > atomic commit_work(), because the SCHED_FIFO userspace thread(s) can
> > preempt the worker. Which is not really the outcome you want.. once
> > the required fences are scheduled, you want to push the atomic commit
> > down to hw ASAP.
>
> For me thees 2 properties
>
> 1. Run ASAP
> 2. Finish the work un-interrupted
>
> Scream the workers need to be SCHED_FIFO by default. CFS can't give you these
> guarantees.

fwiw, commit_work does sleep/block for some time until fences are
signalled, but then once that happens we want it to run ASAP,
preempting lower priority SCHED_FIFO.

>
> IMO using sched_set_fifo() for these workers is the right thing.
>

Possibly, but we still have limited prioritization options (ie. not
enough) to set these from the kernel. Giving userspace the control,
so it can pick sensible priorities for commit_work and vblank_work,
which fits in with the priorities of the other userspace threads seems
like the sensible thing.

> >
> > But the decision of whether commit_work should be RT or not really
> > depends on what userspace is doing. For a pure CFS userspace display
> > pipeline, commit_work() should remain SCHED_NORMAL.
>
> I'm not sure I agree with this. I think it's better to characterize tasks based
> on their properties/requirements rather than what the rest of the userspace is
> using.

I mean, the issue is that userspace is already using a few different
rt priority levels for different SF threads. We want commit_work to
run ASAP once fences are signalled, and vblank_work to run at a
slightly higher priority still. But the correct choice for priorities
here depends on what userspace is using, it all needs to fit together
properly.

>
> I do appreciate that maybe some of these tasks have varying requirements during
> their life time. e.g: they have RT property during specific critical section
> but otherwise are CFS tasks. I think the UI thread in Android behaves like
> that.
>
> It's worth IMO trying that approach I pointed out earlier to see if making RT
> try to pick an idle CPU rather than preempt CFS helps. Not sure if it'd be
> accepted but IMHO it's a better direction to consider and discuss.

The problem I was seeing was actually the opposite.. commit_work
becomes runnable (fences signalled) but doesn't get a chance to run
because a SCHED_FIFO SF thread is running. (Maybe I misunderstood and
you're approach would help this case too?)

> Or maybe you can wrap userspace pipeline critical section lock such that any
> task holding it will automatically be promoted to SCHED_FIFO and then demoted
> to CFS once it releases it.

The SCHED_DEADLINE + token passing approach that the lwn article
mentioned sounds interesting, if that eventually becomes possible.
But doesn't really help today..

BR,
-R

> Haven't worked with display pipelines before, so hopefully this makes sense :-)
>
> Thanks
>
> --
> Qais Yousef
>
> >
> > To handle this, convert non-blocking commit_work() to use per-CRTC
> > kthread workers, instead of system_unbound_wq. Per-CRTC workers are
> > used to avoid serializing commits when userspace is using a per-CRTC
> > update loop. And the last patch exposes the task id to userspace as
> > a CRTC property, so that userspace can adjust the priority and sched
> > policy to fit it's needs.
> >
> >
> > v2: Drop client cap and in-kernel setting of priority/policy in
> > favor of exposing the kworker tid to userspace so that user-
> > space can set priority/policy.
> >
> > Rob Clark (3):
> > drm/crtc: Introduce per-crtc kworker
> > drm/atomic: Use kthread worker for nonblocking commits
> > drm: Expose CRTC's kworker task id
> >
> > drivers/gpu/drm/drm_atomic_helper.c | 13 ++++++++----
> > drivers/gpu/drm/drm_crtc.c | 14 +++++++++++++
> > drivers/gpu/drm/drm_mode_config.c | 14 +++++++++++++
> > drivers/gpu/drm/drm_mode_object.c | 4 ++++
> > include/drm/drm_atomic.h | 31 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
> > include/drm/drm_crtc.h | 8 ++++++++
> > include/drm/drm_mode_config.h | 9 +++++++++
> > include/drm/drm_property.h | 9 +++++++++
> > 8 files changed, 98 insertions(+), 4 deletions(-)
> >
> > --
> > 2.26.2
> >

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