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Date:   Wed, 29 Nov 2017 11:41:47 +0100
From:   Uladzislau Rezki <urezki@...il.com>
To:     Mike Galbraith <efault@....de>
Cc:     Uladzislau Rezki <urezki@...il.com>,
        Atish Patra <atish.patra@...cle.com>,
        Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>,
        Joel Fernandes <joelaf@...gle.com>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>,
        Brendan Jackman <brendan.jackman@....com>,
        Josef Bacik <jbacik@...com>, Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH RFC 1/2] sched: Minimize the idle cpu selection race
 window.

On Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 11:49:11AM +0100, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> On Tue, 2017-11-28 at 10:34 +0100, Uladzislau Rezki wrote:
> > On Fri, Nov 24, 2017 at 07:46:30PM +0100, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> > 
> > > My view is you're barking up the wrong tree: you're making the idle
> > > data SIS is using more accurate, but I question the benefit.  That it
> > > makes an imperfect placement decision occasionally due to raciness is
> > > nearly meaningless compared to the cost of frequent bounce.
> 
> > Before sitting down and start testing, i just illustrated how we can
> > apply claim_wake_up to ilb asking community a specific view on it:
> > drawbacks, pros/cons, proposals etc.
> 
> Even if you make the thing atomic, what is ILB supposed to do, look
> over its shoulder every step of the way and sh*t it's pants if somebody
> touches claim_wake_up as it's about to or just after it did something?
If nohz.idle_cpus_mask is set for particular CPU together with claim mask,
it means that TIF_NEED_RESCHED is coming or is already in place. When a
CPU hits idle_thread a claim bit gets reset and proceed to no_hz mode
unless it runs into scheduler_ipi or so.

> 
> If you intend to make all of LB race free, good luck.
> 
> 	-Mike

Vlad

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