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Date:	Thu, 6 Mar 2014 14:59:46 +0100
From:	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>
To:	Kevin Easton <kevin@...rana.org>
Cc:	Andi Kleen <andi@...stfloor.org>,
	Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
	Khalid Aziz <khalid.aziz@...cle.com>,
	One Thousand Gnomes <gnomes@...rguk.ukuu.org.uk>,
	"H. Peter Anvin" <hpa@...or.com>, Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>,
	akpm@...ux-foundation.org, viro@...iv.linux.org.uk,
	oleg@...hat.com, linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [RFC] [PATCH] Pre-emption control for userspace

On Thu, Mar 06, 2014 at 11:13:33PM +1100, Kevin Easton wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 04, 2014 at 04:51:15PM -0800, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > Anything else?
> 
> If it was possible to make the time remaining in the current timeslice
> available to userspace through the vdso, the thread could do something like:

Assuming we can do per-cpu values in the VDSO; this would mean hitting
that cacheline on every context switch and wakeup. That's a complete
non-starter performance wise.

> 
> if (sys_timeleft() < CRITICAL_SECTION_SIZE)
>     yield();
> lock();
> 
> to avoid running out of timeslice in the middle of the critical section.

Can still happen, the effective slice of a single runnable task is
infinite, the moment another task gets woken this gets reduced to a finite
amount, we then keep reducing the slice until there are about 8 runnable
tasks (assuming you've not poked at any sysctls).

Also; depending on the state of the just woken task; it might land left
of you in the tree, making it immediately eligible to run, completely
obviating whatever number you just read.


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