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From: Vaidyanathan Srinivasan <svaidy@linux.vnet.ibm.com>
To: Arjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org>
Cc: discuss@LessWatts.org,
	Linux-pm mailing list <linux-pm@lists.linux-foundation.org>,
	Linux Kernel <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>,
	Dipankar Sarma <dipankar@in.ibm.com>, Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>,
	venkatesh.pallipadi@intel.com, tglx@linutronix.de,
	suresh.b.siddha@intel.com, Gautham R Shenoy <ego@in.ibm.com>,
	Chanda Sethia <chanda.sethia@in.ibm.com>
Subject: Re: Too many timer interrupts in NO_HZ
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 01:55:06 +0530	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20080302202506.GE10028@dirshya.in.ibm.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20080302115709.30403490@laptopd505.fenrus.org>

* Arjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org> [2008-03-02 11:57:09]:
[sniped]
 
> 
> please show us powertop -d output; that way we can at least see sort of what
> is going on...

Here you go...

[root@XXXX sv]# powertop -d
PowerTOP 1.9    (C) 2007 Intel Corporation 

Collecting data for 15 seconds 
< Detailed C-state information is only available on Mobile CPUs (laptops) >
P-states (frequencies)
  2.40 Ghz     0.0%
  2.13 Ghz     0.0%
  1.87 Ghz     0.0%
  1.60 Ghz   100.0%
Wakeups-from-idle per second :  3.1     interval: 15.0s
no ACPI power usage estimate available
Top causes for wakeups:
  41.4% (  2.4)       <interrupt> : eth0 
  17.2% (  1.0)                ip : bnx2_open (bnx2_timer) 
   9.2% (  0.5)     <kernel core> : neigh_table_init_no_netlink (neigh_periodic_timer) 
   3.4% (  0.2)      <kernel IPI> : function call interrupts 
   3.4% (  0.2)              init : schedule_timeout (process_timeout) 
   3.4% (  0.2)            python : schedule_timeout (process_timeout) 
   3.4% (  0.2)     <kernel core> : __netdev_watchdog_up (dev_watchdog) 
   3.4% (  0.2)          sendmail : schedule_timeout (process_timeout) 
   3.4% (  0.2)     <kernel core> : page_writeback_init (wb_timer_fn) 
   2.3% (  0.1)       <interrupt> : aacraid 
   2.3% (  0.1)        rc.sysinit : start_this_handle (commit_timeout) 
   1.1% (  0.1)     <kernel core> : sk_reset_timer (tcp_delack_timer) 
   1.1% (  0.1)              sshd : sk_reset_timer (tcp_write_timer) 
   1.1% (  0.1)     <kernel core> : cache_register (delayed_work_timer_fn) 
   1.1% (  0.1)     <kernel core> : init_nonfatal_mce_checker (delayed_work_timer_fn) 
   1.1% (  0.1)             crond : do_nanosleep (hrtimer_wakeup) 
   1.1% (  0.1)     <kernel core> : neigh_add_timer (neigh_timer_handler) 

Suggestion: increase the VM dirty writeback time from 5.00 to 15 seconds with:
  echo 1500 > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_writeback_centisecs 
This wakes the disk up less frequenty for background VM activity

Suggestion: enable the noatime filesystem option by executing the following command:
   mount -o remount,noatime /          or by pressing the T key 
noatime disables persistent access time of file accesses, which causes lots of disk IO.

--Vaidy


  reply	other threads:[~2008-03-02 20:25 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 7+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-03-02 19:48 Vaidyanathan Srinivasan
2008-03-02 19:57 ` Arjan van de Ven
2008-03-02 20:25   ` Vaidyanathan Srinivasan [this message]
2008-03-05 15:38   ` Vaidyanathan Srinivasan
2008-03-16 18:17 ` Vaidyanathan Srinivasan
2008-03-17  2:34   ` [linux-pm] " Alan Stern
2008-03-17  8:44     ` David Brownell

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