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Date:	Fri, 25 Jul 2014 09:33:56 -0400
From:	Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com>
To:	Vincent Guittot <vincent.guittot@...aro.org>
CC:	linux-kernel <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
	Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>,
	Michael Neuling <mikey@...ling.org>,
	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...nel.org>, Paul Turner <pjt@...gle.com>,
	jhladky@...hat.com, ktkhai@...allels.com,
	tim.c.chen@...ux.intel.com,
	Nicolas Pitre <nicolas.pitre@...aro.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] sched: make update_sd_pick_busiest return true on a busier
 sd

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On 07/23/2014 03:41 AM, Vincent Guittot wrote:
> On 22 July 2014 20:45, Rik van Riel <riel@...hat.com> wrote:
>> Currently update_sd_pick_busiest only returns true when an sd is
>> overloaded, or for SD_ASYM_PACKING when a domain is busier than
>> average and a higher numbered domain than the target.
>> 
>> This breaks load balancing between domains that are not
>> overloaded, in the !SD_ASYM_PACKING case. This patch makes
>> update_sd_pick_busiest return true when the busiest sd yet is
>> encountered.
>> 
>> On a 4 node system, this seems to result in the load balancer
>> finally putting 1 thread of a 4 thread test run of "perf bench
>> numa mem" on each node, where before the load was generally not
>> spread across all nodes.
>> 
>> Behaviour for SD_ASYM_PACKING does not seem to match the
>> comment, in that groups with below average load average are
>> ignored, but I have no hardware to test that so I have left the
>> behaviour of that code unchanged.
>> 
>> Cc: mikey@...ling.org Cc: peterz@...radead.org Signed-off-by: Rik
>> van Riel <riel@...hat.com> --- kernel/sched/fair.c | 18
>> +++++++++++------- 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+), 7
>> deletions(-)
>> 
>> diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c index
>> fea7d33..ff4ddba 100644 --- a/kernel/sched/fair.c +++
>> b/kernel/sched/fair.c @@ -5942,16 +5942,20 @@ static bool
>> update_sd_pick_busiest(struct lb_env *env, * numbered CPUs in the
>> group, therefore mark all groups * higher than ourself as busy. 
>> */ -       if ((env->sd->flags & SD_ASYM_PACKING) &&
>> sgs->sum_nr_running && -           env->dst_cpu <
>> group_first_cpu(sg)) { -               if (!sds->busiest) -
>> return true; +       if (env->sd->flags & SD_ASYM_PACKING) { +
>> if (sgs->sum_nr_running && env->dst_cpu < group_first_cpu(sg)) { 
>> +                       if (!sds->busiest) +
>> return true;
>> 
>> -               if (group_first_cpu(sds->busiest) >
>> group_first_cpu(sg)) -                       return true; +
>> if (group_first_cpu(sds->busiest) > group_first_cpu(sg)) +
>> return true; +               } + +               return false; }
>> 
>> -       return false; +       /* See above: sgs->avg_load >
>> sds->busiest_stat.avg_load */ +       return true;
> 
> Hi Rik,
> 
> I can see one issue with a default return set to true.  You
> increase the number of time where we will not effectively migrate a
> task because we don't ensure that we will take the overloaded group
> if there is one. We can be in a situation where a group is
> overloaded but the load_balance will select a not overloaded group
> with an average load higher than sched_domain average value just
> because it is checked after.

Look at the first line of update_sd_pick_busiest()

static bool update_sd_pick_busiest(struct lb_env *env,
                                   struct sd_lb_stats *sds,
                                   struct sched_group *sg,
                                   struct sg_lb_stats *sgs)
{
        if (sgs->avg_load <= sds->busiest_stat.avg_load)
                return false;

If the group load is less than the busiest, we have already
returned false, and will not get to the code that I changed.

> Regarding your issue with "perf bench numa mem" that is not spread
> on all nodes, SD_PREFER_SIBLING flag (of DIE level) should do the
> job by reducing the capacity of  "not local DIE" group at NUMA
> level to 1 task during the load balance computation. So you should
> have 1 task per sched_group at NUMA level.

That did not actually happen in my tests. I almost always
ended up having only 0 tasks on one node.

- -- 
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