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Date:   Fri,  8 Feb 2019 10:05:39 +0000
From:   Patrick Bellasi <>
Cc:     Ingo Molnar <>,
        Peter Zijlstra <>,
        Tejun Heo <>,
        "Rafael J . Wysocki" <>,
        Vincent Guittot <>,
        Viresh Kumar <>,
        Paul Turner <>,
        Quentin Perret <>,
        Dietmar Eggemann <>,
        Morten Rasmussen <>,
        Juri Lelli <>,
        Todd Kjos <>,
        Joel Fernandes <>,
        Steve Muckle <>,
        Suren Baghdasaryan <>
Subject: [PATCH v7 00/15] Add utilization clamping support

Hi all, this is a respin of:

which includes the following main changes:

 - remove the mapping code and use a simple linear mapping of
   clamp values into buckets
 - move core bits and main data structures at the beginning,
   in a further attempt to make the overall series easier to digest
 - update the mapping logic to use exactly UCLAMP_BUCKETS_COUNT buckets,
   i.e. no more "special" bucket for default values
 - update uclamp_rq_update() to do a top-to-bottom max search
 - make system defaults to support a "nice" policy where a task, for
   each clamp index, can get only "up to" what allowed by the system
   default setting, i.e. tasks are always allowed to request for less
 - get rid of "perf" system defaults and initialize RT tasks as max boosted
 - fix definition of SCHED_POLICY_MAX
 - split sched_setattr()'s validation code from actual state changing code
 - for sched_setattr()'s state changing code, use _the_ same pattern
   __setscheduler() and other code already use,
   i.e. dequeue-change-enqueue
 - add SCHED_FLAG_KEEP_PARAMS and use it to skip __setscheduler() when
   policy and params are not specified
 - schedutil: add FAIR and RT integration with a single patch
 - drop clamping for IOWait boost
 - fixed go to max for RT tasks on !CONFIG_UCLAMP_TASK
 - add a note on side-effects due to the usage of FREQUENCY_UTIL for
   performance domain frequency estimation and add a similar note to this
 - ensure clamp values are not tunable at root cgroup level
 - propagate system defaults to root group's effective value

Thanks for all the valuable comments, let see where we stand now ;)

Cheers Patrick

Series Organization

The series is organized into these main sections:

 - Patches [01-07]: Per task (primary) API
 - Patches    [08]: Schedutil integration for FAIR and RT tasks
 - Patches [09-10]: Integration with EAS's energy_compute()
 - Patches [11-15]: Per task group (secondary) API

It is based on today's tip/sched/core and the full tree is available here:

   git://   lkml/utilclamp_v7;a=shortlog;h=refs/heads/lkml/utilclamp_v7

Newcomer's Short Abstract

The Linux scheduler tracks a "utilization" signal for each scheduling entity
(SE), e.g. tasks, to know how much CPU time they use. This signal allows the
scheduler to know how "big" a task is and, in principle, it can support
advanced task placement strategies by selecting the best CPU to run a task.
Some of these strategies are represented by the Energy Aware Scheduler [3].

When the schedutil cpufreq governor is in use, the utilization signal allows
the Linux scheduler to also drive frequency selection. The CPU utilization
signal, which represents the aggregated utilization of tasks scheduled on that
CPU, is used to select the frequency which best fits the workload generated by
the tasks.

The current translation of utilization values into a frequency selection is
simple: we go to max for RT tasks or to the minimum frequency which can
accommodate the utilization of DL+FAIR tasks.
However, utilisation values by themselves cannot convey the desired
power/performance behaviours of each task as intended by user-space.
As such they are not ideally suited for task placement decisions.

Task placement and frequency selection policies in the kernel can be improved
by taking into consideration hints coming from authorised user-space elements,
like for example the Android middleware or more generally any "System
Management Software" (SMS) framework.

Utilization clamping is a mechanism which allows to "clamp" (i.e. filter) the
utilization generated by RT and FAIR tasks within a range defined by user-space.
The clamped utilization value can then be used, for example, to enforce a
minimum and/or maximum frequency depending on which tasks are active on a CPU.

The main use-cases for utilization clamping are:

 - boosting: better interactive response for small tasks which
   are affecting the user experience.

   Consider for example the case of a small control thread for an external
   accelerator (e.g. GPU, DSP, other devices). Here, from the task utilization
   the scheduler does not have a complete view of what the task's requirements
   are and, if it's a small utilization task, it keeps selecting a more energy
   efficient CPU, with smaller capacity and lower frequency, thus negatively
   impacting the overall time required to complete task activations.

 - capping: increase energy efficiency for background tasks not affecting the
   user experience.

   Since running on a lower capacity CPU at a lower frequency is more energy
   efficient, when the completion time is not a main goal, then capping the
   utilization considered for certain (maybe big) tasks can have positive
   effects, both on energy consumption and thermal headroom.
   This feature allows also to make RT tasks more energy friendly on mobile
   systems where running them on high capacity CPUs and at the maximum
   frequency is not required.

>From these two use-cases, it's worth noticing that frequency selection
biasing, introduced by patches 9 and 10 of this series, is just one possible
usage of utilization clamping. Another compelling extension of utilization
clamping is in helping the scheduler in macking tasks placement decisions.

Utilization is (also) a task specific property the scheduler uses to know
how much CPU bandwidth a task requires, at least as long as there is idle time.
Thus, the utilization clamp values, defined either per-task or per-task_group,
can represent tasks to the scheduler as being bigger (or smaller) than what
they actually are.

Utilization clamping thus enables interesting additional optimizations, for
example on asymmetric capacity systems like Arm big.LITTLE and DynamIQ CPUs,

 - boosting: try to run small/foreground tasks on higher-capacity CPUs to
   complete them faster despite being less energy efficient.

 - capping: try to run big/background tasks on low-capacity CPUs to save power
   and thermal headroom for more important tasks

This series does not present this additional usage of utilization clamping but
it's an integral part of the EAS feature set, where [1] is one of its main

Android kernels use SchedTune, a solution similar to utilization clamping, to
bias both 'frequency selection' and 'task placement'. This series provides the
foundation to add similar features to mainline while focusing, for the
time being, just on schedutil integration.


[1] "Expressing per-task/per-cgroup performance hints"
     Linux Plumbers Conference 2018

[2] Message-ID: <>


Patrick Bellasi (15):
  sched/core: uclamp: Add CPU's clamp buckets refcounting
  sched/core: uclamp: Enforce last task UCLAMP_MAX
  sched/core: uclamp: Add system default clamps
  sched/core: Allow sched_setattr() to use the current policy
  sched/core: uclamp: Extend sched_setattr() to support utilization
  sched/core: uclamp: Reset uclamp values on RESET_ON_FORK
  sched/core: uclamp: Set default clamps for RT tasks
  sched/cpufreq: uclamp: Add clamps for FAIR and RT tasks
  sched/core: uclamp: Add uclamp_util_with()
  sched/fair: uclamp: Add uclamp support to energy_compute()
  sched/core: uclamp: Extend CPU's cgroup controller
  sched/core: uclamp: Propagate parent clamps
  sched/core: uclamp: Propagate system defaults to root group
  sched/core: uclamp: Use TG's clamps to restrict TASK's clamps
  sched/core: uclamp: Update CPU's refcount on TG's clamp changes

 Documentation/admin-guide/cgroup-v2.rst |  46 ++
 include/linux/log2.h                    |  37 +
 include/linux/sched.h                   |  69 ++
 include/linux/sched/sysctl.h            |  11 +
 include/linux/sched/topology.h          |   6 -
 include/uapi/linux/sched.h              |  16 +-
 include/uapi/linux/sched/types.h        |  65 +-
 init/Kconfig                            |  75 +++
 kernel/sched/core.c                     | 862 +++++++++++++++++++++++-
 kernel/sched/cpufreq_schedutil.c        |  31 +-
 kernel/sched/fair.c                     |  43 +-
 kernel/sched/rt.c                       |   4 +
 kernel/sched/sched.h                    | 126 +++-
 kernel/sysctl.c                         |  16 +
 14 files changed, 1355 insertions(+), 52 deletions(-)


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