[4/5] sched: Mark the balance type for use in need_active_balance()

Submitted by Michael Neuling on April 15, 2010, 4:15 a.m.


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Michael Neuling April 15, 2010, 4:15 a.m.
> On Fri, 2010-04-09 at 16:21 +1000, Michael Neuling wrote:
> > need_active_balance() gates the asymmetric packing based due to power
> > save logic, but for packing we don't care.
> This explanation lacks a how/why.
> So the problem is that need_active_balance() ends up returning false and
> prevents the active balance from pulling a task to a lower available SMT
> sibling?

Correct.  I've put a more detailed description in the patch below.  

> > This marks the type of balanace we are attempting to do perform from
> > f_b_g() and stops need_active_balance() power save logic gating a
> > balance in the asymmetric packing case.
> At the very least this wants more comments in the code. 

Sorry again for the lack luster comments. I've updated this patch also.

> I'm not really charmed by having to add yet another variable to pass
> around that mess, but I can't seem to come up with something cleaner
> either.

Yeah, the current case only ever reads the balance type in the !=
BALANCE_POWER so a full enum might be overkill, but I though it might
come in useful for someone else.

Updated patch below.


[PATCH 4/5] sched: fix need_active_balance() from preventing asymmetric packing 

need_active_balance() prevents a task being pulled onto a newly idle
package in an attempt to completely free it so it can be powered down.
Hence it returns false to load_balance() and prevents the active
balance from occurring.

Unfortunately, when asymmetric packing is enabled at the sibling level
this power save logic is preventing the packing balance from moving a
task to a lower idle thread.  At the sibling level SD_SHARE_CPUPOWER
and parent(SD_POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE) are enabled and the domain is also
non-idle (since we have at least 1 task we are trying to move down).
Hence the following code, prevents the an active balance from

		if (!sd_idle && sd->flags & SD_SHARE_CPUPOWER &&
		    !test_sd_parent(sd, SD_POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE))
			return 0;

To fix this, this patch classifies the type of balance we are
attempting to perform into none, load, power and packing based on what
function finds busiest in f_b_g().  This classification is then used
by need_active_balance() to prevent the above power saving logic from
stopping a balance due to asymmetric packing.  This ensures tasks can
be correctly moved down to lower sibling threads.  

Signed-off-by: Michael Neuling <mikey@neuling.org>

 kernel/sched_fair.c |   35 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-----
 1 file changed, 30 insertions(+), 5 deletions(-)

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Index: linux-2.6-ozlabs/kernel/sched_fair.c
--- linux-2.6-ozlabs.orig/kernel/sched_fair.c
+++ linux-2.6-ozlabs/kernel/sched_fair.c
@@ -91,6 +91,14 @@  const_debug unsigned int sysctl_sched_mi
 static const struct sched_class fair_sched_class;
+/* Enum to classify the type of balance we are attempting to perform */
+enum balance_type {
  * CFS operations on generic schedulable entities:
@@ -2803,16 +2811,19 @@  static inline void calculate_imbalance(s
  * @cpus: The set of CPUs under consideration for load-balancing.
  * @balance: Pointer to a variable indicating if this_cpu
  *	is the appropriate cpu to perform load balancing at this_level.
+ * @bt: returns the type of imbalance found
  * Returns:	- the busiest group if imbalance exists.
  *		- If no imbalance and user has opted for power-savings balance,
  *		   return the least loaded group whose CPUs can be
  *		   put to idle by rebalancing its tasks onto our group.
+ *		- *bt classifies the type of imbalance found
 static struct sched_group *
 find_busiest_group(struct sched_domain *sd, int this_cpu,
 		   unsigned long *imbalance, enum cpu_idle_type idle,
-		   int *sd_idle, const struct cpumask *cpus, int *balance)
+		   int *sd_idle, const struct cpumask *cpus, int *balance,
+		   enum balance_type *bt)
 	struct sd_lb_stats sds;
@@ -2837,6 +2848,7 @@  find_busiest_group(struct sched_domain *
 	if (!(*balance))
 		goto ret;
 	if ((idle == CPU_IDLE || idle == CPU_NEWLY_IDLE) &&
 	    check_asym_packing(sd, &sds, this_cpu, imbalance))
 		return sds.busiest;
@@ -2857,6 +2869,7 @@  find_busiest_group(struct sched_domain *
 	/* Looks like there is an imbalance. Compute it */
 	calculate_imbalance(&sds, this_cpu, imbalance);
 	return sds.busiest;
@@ -2864,10 +2877,12 @@  out_balanced:
 	 * There is no obvious imbalance. But check if we can do some balancing
 	 * to save power.
 	if (check_power_save_busiest_group(&sds, this_cpu, imbalance))
 		return sds.busiest;
 	*imbalance = 0;
 	return NULL;
@@ -2928,9 +2943,18 @@  find_busiest_queue(struct sched_group *g
 /* Working cpumask for load_balance and load_balance_newidle. */
 static DEFINE_PER_CPU(cpumask_var_t, load_balance_tmpmask);
-static int need_active_balance(struct sched_domain *sd, int sd_idle, int idle)
+static int need_active_balance(struct sched_domain *sd, int sd_idle, int idle,
+			       enum balance_type *bt)
-	if (idle == CPU_NEWLY_IDLE) {
+	/*
+	 * The powersave code will stop a task being moved in an
+	 * attempt to freeup CPU package wich could be powered
+	 * down. In the case where we are attempting to balance due to
+	 * asymmetric packing at the sibling level, we don't care
+	 * about power save.  Hence prevent powersave stopping a
+	 * balance trigged by packing.
+         */
+	if (idle == CPU_NEWLY_IDLE && *bt != BALANCE_PACKING) {
 		 * The only task running in a non-idle cpu can be moved to this
 		 * cpu in an attempt to completely freeup the other CPU
@@ -2975,6 +2999,7 @@  static int load_balance(int this_cpu, st
 	struct rq *busiest;
 	unsigned long flags;
 	struct cpumask *cpus = __get_cpu_var(load_balance_tmpmask);
+	enum balance_type bt;
 	cpumask_copy(cpus, cpu_active_mask);
@@ -2993,7 +3018,7 @@  static int load_balance(int this_cpu, st
 	group = find_busiest_group(sd, this_cpu, &imbalance, idle, &sd_idle,
-				   cpus, balance);
+				   cpus, balance, &bt);
 	if (*balance == 0)
 		goto out_balanced;
@@ -3047,7 +3072,7 @@  redo:
 		schedstat_inc(sd, lb_failed[idle]);
-		if (need_active_balance(sd, sd_idle, idle)) {
+		if (need_active_balance(sd, sd_idle, idle, &bt)) {
 			raw_spin_lock_irqsave(&busiest->lock, flags);
 			/* don't kick the migration_thread, if the curr