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On Wed, 2011-12-28 at 14:35 +0100, Arjan van de Ven wrote:
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> On 12/28/2011 6:17 AM, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> > On Tue, 2011-12-27 at 10:20 +0100, Mike Galbraith wrote:
> >> Quoting removal commit af5ab277ded04bd9bc6b048c5a2f0e7d70ef0867 
> >> Historically, Linux has tried to make the regular timer tick on
> >> the various CPUs not happen at the same time, to avoid contention
> >> on xtime_lock.
> >> 
> >> Nowadays, with the tickless kernel, this contention no longer
> >> happens since time keeping and updating are done differently. In
> >> addition, this skew is actually hurting power consumption in a
> >> measurable way on many-core systems. End quote
> > 
> > Hm, nohz enabled, hogs burning up 60 of 64 cores.
> > 
> > 56.11%  [kernel]      [k] ktime_get 5.54%  [kernel]      [k]
> > scheduler_tick 4.02%  [kernel]      [k] cpuacct_charge 3.78%
> > [kernel]      [k] __rcu_pending 3.76%  [kernel]      [k]
> > tick_sched_timer 3.42%  [kernel]      [k] native_write_msr_safe 
> > 1.58%  [kernel]      [k] run_timer_softirq 1.28%  [kernel]      [k]
> > __schedule 1.21%  [kernel]      [k] apic_timer_interrupt 1.07%
> > [kernel]      [k] _raw_spin_lock 0.81%  [kernel]      [k]
> > __switch_to 0.67%  [kernel]      [k] thread_return
> > 
> > Maybe skew-me wants to become a boot option?
> 
> this is 56% of kernel time.. of how much total time?

I'd have to re-measure. I didn't have any reason to watch the total,
that it was a big perturbation source was all that mattered.

It's not that it's a huge percentage of total time by any means, just
that the jitter induced is too large for the kernel to be unusable for
the realtime load it's expected to support.  With 30 usecs to play with,
every one counts.

> (and are you using a system where tsc/lapic can be used, or are you
> using one of those boatanchors that need hpet?)

Box is an HP DL980, 64 x X7560.

	-Mike

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