[PATCH v2 08/11] sched: get CPU's activity statistic

Peter Zijlstra peterz at infradead.org
Tue Jun 3 08:50:07 PDT 2014

On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 04:47:03PM +0100, Morten Rasmussen wrote:
> Since we may do periodic load-balance every 10 ms or so, we will perform
> a number of load-balances where runnable_avg_sum will mostly be
> reflecting the state of the world before a change (new task queued or
> moved a task to a different cpu). If you had have two tasks continuously
> on one cpu and your other cpu is idle, and you move one of the tasks to
> the other cpu, runnable_avg_sum will remain unchanged, 47742, on the
> first cpu while it starts from 0 on the other one. 10 ms later it will
> have increased a bit, 32 ms later it will be 47742/2, and 345 ms later
> it reaches 47742. In the mean time the cpu doesn't appear fully utilized
> and we might decide to put more tasks on it because we don't know if
> runnable_avg_sum represents a partially utilized cpu (for example a 50%
> task) or if it will continue to rise and eventually get to 47742.

Ah, no, since we track per task, and update the per-cpu ones when we
migrate tasks, the per-cpu values should be instantly updated.

If we were to increase per task storage, we might as well also track
running_avg not only runnable_avg.
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