[RFC PATCH v3 3/6] sched: pack small tasks

Nicolas Pitre nicolas.pitre at linaro.org
Wed Mar 27 11:37:03 EDT 2013

On Wed, 27 Mar 2013, Vincent Guittot wrote:

> On 27 March 2013 09:46, Peter Zijlstra <peterz at infradead.org> wrote:
> > On Tue, 2013-03-26 at 08:29 -0700, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
> >> > Isn't this basically related to picking the NO_HZ cpu; if the system
> >> > isn't fully symmetric with its power gates you want the NO_HZ cpu to be
> >> > the 'special' cpu. If it is symmetric we really don't care which core
> >> > is left 'running' and we can even select a new pack cpu from the idle
> >> > cores once the old one is fully utilized.
> >>
> >> you don't really care much sure, but there's some advantages for sorting "all the way left",
> >> e.g. to linux cpu 0.
> >> Some tasks only run there, and interrupts tend to be favored to that cpu as well on x86.
> >
> > Right, and I suspect all the big-little nonsense will have the little
> > cores on low numbers as well (is this architected or can a creative
> > licensee screw us over?)
> It's not mandatory to have little cores on low numbers even if it's advised

We can trivially move things around in the logical CPU mapping if that 
simplifies things.  However  the boot CPU might not be CPU0 in that 
case which might be less trivial.


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