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Date:   Sun, 28 Apr 2019 15:01:18 +0800
From:   Wanpeng Li <kernellwp@...il.com>
To:     Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@...il.com>
Cc:     Thomas Gleixner <tglx@...utronix.de>,
        Frederic Weisbecker <fweisbec@...il.com>,
        Ingo Molnar <mingo@...hat.com>,
        Peter Zijlstra <peterz@...radead.org>,
        LKML <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] kernel/sched: run nohz idle load balancer on HK_FLAG_MISC CPUs

On Fri, 12 Apr 2019 at 12:27, Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@...il.com> wrote:
>
> The nohz idle balancer runs on the lowest idle CPU. This can
> interfere with isolated CPUs, so confine it to HK_FLAG_MISC
> housekeeping CPUs.
>
> HK_FLAG_SCHED is not used for this because it is not set anywhere
> at the moment. This could be folded into HK_FLAG_SCHED once that
> option is fixed.
>
> The problem was observed with increased jitter on an application
> running on CPU0, caused by nohz idle load balancing being run on
> CPU1 (an SMT sibling).
>
> Signed-off-by: Nicholas Piggin <npiggin@...il.com>
> ---
>  kernel/sched/fair.c | 16 ++++++++++------
>  1 file changed, 10 insertions(+), 6 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> index fdab7eb6f351..d29ca323214d 100644
> --- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
> +++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
> @@ -9522,22 +9522,26 @@ static inline int on_null_domain(struct rq *rq)
>   * - When one of the busy CPUs notice that there may be an idle rebalancing
>   *   needed, they will kick the idle load balancer, which then does idle
>   *   load balancing for all the idle CPUs.
> + * - HK_FLAG_MISC CPUs are used for this task, because HK_FLAG_SCHED not set
> + *   anywhere yet.
>   */
>
>  static inline int find_new_ilb(void)
>  {
> -       int ilb = cpumask_first(nohz.idle_cpus_mask);
> +       int ilb;
>
> -       if (ilb < nr_cpu_ids && idle_cpu(ilb))
> -               return ilb;
> +       for_each_cpu_and(ilb, nohz.idle_cpus_mask,
> +                             housekeeping_cpumask(HK_FLAG_MISC)) {
> +               if (idle_cpu(ilb))
> +                       return ilb;
> +       }

What will happen if cpu1 is still idle currently && housekeeping?

Regards,
Wanpeng Li

>
>         return nr_cpu_ids;
>  }
>
>  /*
> - * Kick a CPU to do the nohz balancing, if it is time for it. We pick the
> - * nohz_load_balancer CPU (if there is one) otherwise fallback to any idle
> - * CPU (if there is one).
> + * Kick a CPU to do the nohz balancing, if it is time for it. We pick any
> + * idle CPU in the HK_FLAG_MISC housekeeping set (if there is one).
>   */
>  static void kick_ilb(unsigned int flags)
>  {
> --
> 2.20.1
>

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