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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH v2] sched/fair: select idle cpu from idle cpumask in sched domain
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Hi Vicent,

On 2020/9/24 21:09, Vincent Guittot wrote:
>>>>
>>>> Would you mind share uperf(netperf load) result on your side? That's the
>>>> workload I have seen the most benefit this patch contributed under heavy
>>>> load level.
>>>
>>> with uperf, i've got the same kind of result as sched pipe
>>> tip/sched/core: Throughput 24.83Mb/s (+/- 0.09%)
>>> with this patch: Throughput 19.02Mb/s (+/- 0.71%) which is a 23%
>>> regression as for sched pipe
>>>
>> In case this is caused by the logic error in this patch(sorry again), did
>> you see any improvement in patch V2? Though it does not helps for nohz=off
>> case, just want to know if it helps or does not help at all on arm platform.
>
> With the v2 which rate limit the update of the cpumask (but doesn't
> support sched_idle stask), I don't see any performance impact:

I agree we should go the way with cpumask update rate limited.

And I think no performance impact for sched-pipe is expected, as this workload
has only 2 threads and the platform has 8 cores, so mostly previous cpu is
returned, and even if select_idle_sibling is called, select_idle_core is hit
and rarely call select_idle_cpu.

But I'm more curious why there is 23% performance penalty? So for this patch, if
you revert this change but keep cpumask updated, is 23% penalty still there?

- cpumask_and(cpus, sched_domain_span(sd), p->cpus_ptr);
+ cpumask_and(cpus, sds_idle_cpus(sd->shared), p->cpus_ptr);

I just wonder if it's caused by the atomic ops as you have two cache domains with
sd_llc(?). Do you have a x86 machine to make a comparison? It's hard for me to find
an ARM machine but I'll try.

Also, for uperf(task thread num = cpu num) workload, how is it on patch v2? no any
performance impact?

Thanks,
-Aubrey

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