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Re: [Xen-devel] [PATCH] credit: Change default timeslice to 5ms

On 05/03/14 16:29, George Dunlap wrote:
> The 30ms timeslice was chosen nearly a decade ago now, with cpu
> "burning" workloads in mind.  In the mean time, processors have gotten
> faster and VMEXITs have gotten faster.  A timeslice of 30ms has a
> major cost when running latency-sensitive workloads like network or
> audio streaming: getting caught behind just one or two other VMs can
> introduce a processing delay of up to 60ms, and the "round-robin"
> nature of the credit scheduler means this delay may be introduced
> every time the VM yields for periods of time.
> The XenServer performance team at Citrix have done extensive testing
> with various timeslices, including 30ms, 10ms, 5ms, and 2ms.  None of
> the workloads exhibited any performance degradation with a 5ms
> timeslice.
> --- a/xen/common/sched_credit.c
> +++ b/xen/common/sched_credit.c
> @@ -29,9 +29,9 @@
>   * Basic constants
>   */
>  #define CSCHED_DEFAULT_WEIGHT       256
> -#define CSCHED_TICKS_PER_TSLICE     3
> -/* Default timeslice: 30ms */
> +#define CSCHED_TICKS_PER_TSLICE     1

The TICKS_PER_TSLICE change doubles the tick rate.  Is this intentional?
 It's not mentioned in the commit message.

> +/* Default timeslice: 5ms */
>  #define CSCHED_CREDITS_PER_MSEC     10


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