[RFC PATCH] sched/numa: do load balance between remote nodes

Alex Shi alex.shi at intel.com
Wed Jun 6 16:52:51 EST 2012

commit cb83b629b remove the NODE sched domain and check if the node
distance in SLIT table is farther than REMOTE_DISTANCE, if so, it will
lose the load balance chance at exec/fork/wake_affine points.

But actually, even the node distance is farther than REMOTE_DISTANCE,
Modern CPUs also has QPI like connections, that make memory access is
not too slow between nodes. So above losing on NUMA machine make a
huge performance regression on benchmark: hackbench, tbench, netperf
and oltp etc.

This patch will recover the scheduler behavior to old mode on all my
Intel platforms: NHM EP/EX, WSM EP, SNB EP/EP4S, and so remove the
perfromance regressions. (all of them just has 2 kinds distance, 10 21)

Signed-off-by: Alex Shi <alex.shi at intel.com>
 kernel/sched/core.c |    2 +-
 1 files changed, 1 insertions(+), 1 deletions(-)

diff --git a/kernel/sched/core.c b/kernel/sched/core.c
index 39eb601..b2ee41a 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/core.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/core.c
@@ -6286,7 +6286,7 @@ static int sched_domains_curr_level;
 static inline int sd_local_flags(int level)
-	if (sched_domains_numa_distance[level] > REMOTE_DISTANCE)
+	if (sched_domains_numa_distance[level] > RECLAIM_DISTANCE)
 		return 0;

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