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From: Preeti Murthy <>
To: Mel Gorman <>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <>,
	Thomas Hellstrom <>,
	Rik van Riel <>,,
	Preeti U Murthy <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] sched: Calculate effective load even if local weight is 0
Date: Mon, 13 Jan 2014 13:22:40 +0530
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>


On Mon, Jan 6, 2014 at 5:09 PM, Mel Gorman <> wrote:
> (Rik, you authored this patch so it should be sent from you and needs a
> signed-off assuming people are ok with the changelog.)
> Thomas Hellstrom bisected a regression where erratic 3D performance is
> experienced on virtual machines as measured by glxgears. It identified
> commit 58d081b5 (sched/numa: Avoid overloading CPUs on a preferred NUMA
> node) as the problem which had modified the behaviour of effective_load.
> Effective load calculates the difference to the system-wide load if a
> scheduling entity was moved to another CPU. The task group is not heavier
> as a result of the move but overall system load can increase/decrease as a
> result of the change. Commit 58d081b5 (sched/numa: Avoid overloading CPUs
> on a preferred NUMA node) changed effective_load to make it suitable for
> calculating if a particular NUMA node was compute overloaded. To reduce
> the cost of the function, it assumed that a current sched entity weight
> of 0 was uninteresting but that is not the case.
> wake_affine uses a weight of 0 for sync wakeups on the grounds that it
> is assuming the waking task will sleep and not contribute to load in the
> near future. In this case, we still want to calculate the effective load
> of the sched entity hierarchy. As effective_load is no longer used by

Would it be worth mentioning that besides sync wakeups, wake_affine() uses a
weight of 0 for the sched entity, for effective load calculation on
the prev_cpu as well?
This is so as to find the effect of  moving this task away from the
prev_cpu. Here
too we are interested in calculating the effective load of the root
task group of this
sched entity on the prev_cpu and the below restored check will be relevant.

Without the below check the difference in the loads of the wake affine
CPU and the
prev_cpu can get messed up.


Preeti U Murthy

> task_numa_compare since commit fb13c7ee (sched/numa: Use a system-wide
> search to find swap/migration candidates), this patch simply restores the
> historical behaviour.
> [ Wrote changelog]
> Reported-and-tested-by: Thomas Hellstrom <>
> Should-be-signed-off-and-authored-by-Rik
> ---
>  kernel/sched/fair.c | 2 +-
>  1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
> diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> index c7395d9..e64b079 100644
> --- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
> +++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> @@ -3923,7 +3923,7 @@ static long effective_load(struct task_group *tg, int cpu, long wl, long wg)
>  {
>         struct sched_entity *se = tg->se[cpu];
> -       if (!tg->parent || !wl) /* the trivial, non-cgroup case */
> +       if (!tg->parent)        /* the trivial, non-cgroup case */
>                 return wl;
>         for_each_sched_entity(se) {
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Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2014-01-06 11:39 Mel Gorman
2014-01-06 12:34 ` Peter Zijlstra
2014-01-06 13:09   ` Mel Gorman
2014-01-06 12:35 ` Peter Zijlstra
2014-01-06 14:00   ` Rik van Riel
2014-01-12 18:42 ` [tip:sched/urgent] " tip-bot for Rik van Riel
2014-01-13  7:52 ` Preeti Murthy [this message]
2014-01-17 14:56   ` [PATCH] " Mel Gorman

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