From: Vaidyanathan Srinivasan on
Hi Peter,

This is repost of the same patch

After applying Suresh's fixes from discussion thread, we still need the attached patch
to restore sched_smt_powersavings=1 functionality where tasks prefer
sibling threads and keep more cores idle.

Please apply to sched-tip, the patch is rebased and tested on today's
sched-tip master.

The attached patch will run 4 while(1) loops in two cores when
sched_smt_power_savings=1. Tested on two socket, quad core, hyper
threaded system.

Additional testing was done on POWER platform where
sched_smt_powersavings was able to consolidate tasks on sibling
threads leaving more idle cores.

sched: Fix group_capacity for sched_smt_powersavings=1

sched_smt_powersavings for threaded systems need this fix for
consolidation to sibling threads to work. Since threads have
fractional capacity, group_capacity will turn out to be one
always and not accommodate another task in the sibling thread.

This fix makes group_capacity a function of cpumask_weight that
will enable the power saving load balancer to pack tasks among
sibling threads and keep more cores idle.

Signed-off-by: Vaidyanathan Srinivasan <svaidy(a)>

diff --git a/kernel/sched_fair.c b/kernel/sched_fair.c
index 5a5ea2c..7c0a29a 100644
--- a/kernel/sched_fair.c
+++ b/kernel/sched_fair.c
@@ -2538,6 +2538,21 @@ static inline void update_sd_lb_stats(struct sched_domain *sd, int this_cpu,
if (prefer_sibling)
sgs.group_capacity = min(sgs.group_capacity, 1UL);
+ /*
+ * If power savings balance is set at this domain, then
+ * make capacity equal to number of hardware threads to
+ * accommodate more tasks until capacity is reached.
+ */
+ else if (sd->flags & SD_POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE)
+ sgs.group_capacity =
+ cpumask_weight(sched_group_cpus(group));
+ /*
+ * The default group_capacity is rounded from sum of
+ * fractional cpu_powers of sibling hardware threads
+ * in order to enable fair use of available hardware
+ * resources.
+ */

if (local_group) {
sds->this_load = sgs.avg_load;
@@ -2863,7 +2878,8 @@ static int need_active_balance(struct sched_domain *sd, int sd_idle, int idle)
!test_sd_parent(sd, SD_POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE))
return 0;

- if (sched_mc_power_savings < POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE_WAKEUP)
+ if (sched_mc_power_savings < POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE_WAKEUP &&
+ sched_smt_power_savings < POWERSAVINGS_BALANCE_WAKEUP)
return 0;

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