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SubjectRe: [RFC][PATCH 1/5] sched/fair: Fix select_idle_cpu()s cost accounting
On Fri, 8 Jan 2021 at 20:49, Peter Zijlstra <> wrote:
> On Fri, Jan 08, 2021 at 04:10:51PM +0100, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> > Another thing that worries me, is that we use the avg_idle of the
> > local cpu, which is obviously not idle otherwise it would have been
> > selected, to decide how much time we should spend on looking for
> > another idle CPU. I'm not sure that's the right metrics to use
> > especially with a possibly stalled value.
> The thinking was that if this CPU has little idle time, this CPU should
> not spend a lot of time searching...
> That is; if we spend more time looking for places to run, than we have
> idle time, we're loosing cycles we could've ran (supposedly useful) work.

I understand the rationale of looking at previous avg idle time to
decide how much time we can "waste" at looking at a cpu for the waking
task. The problem is that this value is "stalled" and it gives us an
idea of the duration of the next idle time but not really when the
next idle time will happen, which can be in several seconds from now.
And we can have already use this next avg_idle time for other wakeups

> The only counter argument is tail latency.

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