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Date:	Fri, 25 Jul 2014 16:15:42 +0200
From:	Peter Zijlstra <>
To:	Rik van Riel <>
Cc:	Vincent Guittot <>,
	linux-kernel <>,
	Michael Neuling <>,
	Ingo Molnar <>, Paul Turner <>,,,,
	Nicolas Pitre <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] sched: make update_sd_pick_busiest return true on a
 busier sd

On Fri, Jul 25, 2014 at 10:02:43AM -0400, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On a related note, that part of the load balancing code probably
> needs to be rewritten to deal with unequal group_capacity_factors
> anyway.
> Say that one group has a group_capacity_factor twice that of
> another group.
> The group with the smaller group_capacity_factor is overloaded
> by a factor 1.3. The larger group is loaded by a factor 0.8.
> This means the larger group has a higher load than the first
> group, and the current code in update_sd_pick_busiest will
> not select the overloaded group as the busiest one, due to not
> scaling load with the capacity...
> 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;
> I believe we may need to factor the group_capacity_factor
> into this calculation, in order to properly identify which
> group is busiest.

(sorry, going through this backwards, I'll get to the actual patch in a

Note how update_sg_lb_stats() where we compute sgs->avg_load we do
divide by sgs->group_capacity.

(also, curse this renaming of stuff)

The group_capacity_factor is something ugly and Vincent was going to
poke at that.

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