Use of SCHED_SOFTIRQ
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Wed Jan 28 19:22:25 EST 2015
You forgot to mention that schedule does not itself pick the next task.
The actual function called is pick_next_task which uses the leftmost
cached entry in the red black tree of able to run processes to run
On 2015-01-28 12:53 PM, Vignesh Radhakrishnan wrote:
> Hey Sreejith,
> softirq's are run as bottom half processing (after an interrupt is handled
> or when there is no work to be done -
> https://www.kernel.org/doc/htmldocs/kernel-hacking/basics-softirqs.html )
> and sched_softirq is one such soft irq whose only function is confined to
> the routine run_rebalance_domain().
> __schedule() is the main scheduling function that tries to pick the next
> task and then perform context switch and other associated scheduling
> functions. Since run_rebalance_domain() need not be run at that exact time
> frame, it is scheduled for later time when the cpu can take it up using
> softirq's. Therefore __schedule() need not be called in this softirq
> context as such because these are independent operations.
> Hope this helps.
> Thanks and regards,
> Vignesh Radhakrishnan
> On Wed, Jan 28, 2015 at 10:25 PM, Sreejith M M <sreejith.mm at gmail.com>
>> I was reading LKD by Robert Love. I got the following idea from the book.
>> Correct me if I am worng
>> I was checking through source code and I found that on every timer
>> interrupt, through sched/fair.c we are raising the SCHED_SOFTIRQ().
>> I was checking the relation between SCHED_SOFTIRQ and actual
>> __schedule() function.
>> My assumption:
>> schedule() function is the function which selects the processes which
>> are ready to run in run queue. schedule() function is called in every
>> timer tick.
>> What I was thinking is that schedule() will be called as part of
>> handling SCHED_SOFTIRQ() . But in source code, SCHED_SOFTIRQ is
>> handled through run_rebalance_domain() function (sched/fair.c) . I am
>> unable to trace __schedule() from this function.
>> Am I missing anything or my assumptions are wrong?
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