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authorJuri Lelli <juri.lelli@arm.com>2014-09-09 09:57:15 (GMT)
committerIngo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>2014-09-16 08:23:02 (GMT)
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Documentation/scheduler/sched-deadline.txt: Add tests suite appendix
Add an appendix briefly describing tools that can be used to test SCHED_DEADLINE (and the scheduler in general). Links to where source code of the tools is hosted are also provided. Signed-off-by: Juri Lelli <juri.lelli@arm.com> Reviewed-by: Henrik Austad <henrik@austad.us> Cc: Randy Dunlap <rdunlap@infradead.org> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> Cc: Dario Faggioli <raistlin@linux.it> Cc: Juri Lelli <juri.lelli@gmail.com> Cc: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org> Link: http://lkml.kernel.org/r/1410256636-26171-5-git-send-email-juri.lelli@arm.com Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@kernel.org>
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5. Tasks CPU affinity
5.1 SCHED_DEADLINE and cpusets HOWTO
6. Future plans
+ A. Test suite
@@ -345,3 +346,54 @@ CONTENTS
throttling patches [https://lkml.org/lkml/2010/2/23/239] but we still are in
the preliminary phases of the merge and we really seek feedback that would
help us decide on the direction it should take.
+Appendix A. Test suite
+ The SCHED_DEADLINE policy can be easily tested using two applications that
+ are part of a wider Linux Scheduler validation suite. The suite is
+ available as a GitHub repository: https://github.com/scheduler-tools.
+ The first testing application is called rt-app and can be used to
+ start multiple threads with specific parameters. rt-app supports
+ SCHED_{OTHER,FIFO,RR,DEADLINE} scheduling policies and their related
+ parameters (e.g., niceness, priority, runtime/deadline/period). rt-app
+ is a valuable tool, as it can be used to synthetically recreate certain
+ workloads (maybe mimicking real use-cases) and evaluate how the scheduler
+ behaves under such workloads. In this way, results are easily reproducible.
+ rt-app is available at: https://github.com/scheduler-tools/rt-app.
+ Thread parameters can be specified from the command line, with something like
+ this:
+ # rt-app -t 100000:10000:d -t 150000:20000:f:10 -D5
+ The above creates 2 threads. The first one, scheduled by SCHED_DEADLINE,
+ executes for 10ms every 100ms. The second one, scheduled at SCHED_FIFO
+ priority 10, executes for 20ms every 150ms. The test will run for a total
+ of 5 seconds.
+ More interestingly, configurations can be described with a json file that
+ can be passed as input to rt-app with something like this:
+ # rt-app my_config.json
+ The parameters that can be specified with the second method are a superset
+ of the command line options. Please refer to rt-app documentation for more
+ details (<rt-app-sources>/doc/*.json).
+ The second testing application is a modification of schedtool, called
+ schedtool-dl, which can be used to setup SCHED_DEADLINE parameters for a
+ certain pid/application. schedtool-dl is available at:
+ https://github.com/scheduler-tools/schedtool-dl.git.
+ The usage is straightforward:
+ # schedtool -E -t 10000000:100000000 -e ./my_cpuhog_app
+ With this, my_cpuhog_app is put to run inside a SCHED_DEADLINE reservation
+ of 10ms every 100ms (note that parameters are expressed in microseconds).
+ You can also use schedtool to create a reservation for an already running
+ application, given that you know its pid:
+ # schedtool -E -t 10000000:100000000 my_app_pid

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