sched: fix wrong task group's load_avg

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Vincent Guittot Oct. 19, 2016, 12:45 p.m.
A regression has been reported with:
commit 3d30544f0212 ("sched/fair: Apply more PELT fixes)
when several level of task groups are involved
and cpu_possible_mask != cpu_present_mask.

The root cause is that group entity's load (tg_child->se[i]->avg.load_avg)
is initialized to scale_load_down(se->load.weight). During the creation of
a child task group, its group entities on possible CPUs are attached to
parent's cfs_rq (tg_parent) and their loads are added in parent's load
(tg_parent->load_avg) with update_tg_load_avg.

But only the load on online CPUs will be then updated to reflect real load
whereas load on other CPUs will stay to the initial value. The result is
a tg_parent->load_avg that is higher than the real load, the weight
of group entities (tg_parent->se[i]->load.weight) on online CPUs is smaller
than it should be, and the task group gets a less running time than what
it could expect.

This situation can be detected with /proc/sched_debug. The ".tg_load_avg"
of the task group will be much higher than sum of ".tg_load_avg_contrib"
of online cfs_rqs of the task group.

The load of group entities don't have to be intialized to something else
than 0 because their load will increase when entity will be attached.

Fixes: 3d30544f0212 ("sched/fair: Apply more PELT fixes)
Reported-by: Joseph Salisbury <>
Signed-off-by: Vincent Guittot <>

Tested-by: Dietmar Eggemann <>

Cc: <> # 4.8.x
 kernel/sched/fair.c | 9 ++++++++-
 1 file changed, 8 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)


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diff --git a/kernel/sched/fair.c b/kernel/sched/fair.c
index 8b03fb5..89776ac 100644
--- a/kernel/sched/fair.c
+++ b/kernel/sched/fair.c
@@ -690,7 +690,14 @@  void init_entity_runnable_average(struct sched_entity *se)
 	 * will definitely be update (after enqueue).
 	sa->period_contrib = 1023;
-	sa->load_avg = scale_load_down(se->load.weight);
+	/*
+	 * Tasks are intialized with full load to be seen as heavy task until
+	 * they get a chance to stabilize to their real load level.
+	 * group entity are intialized with null load to reflect the fact that
+	 * nothing has been attached yet to the task group.
+	 */
+	if (entity_is_task(se))
+		sa->load_avg = scale_load_down(se->load.weight);
 	sa->load_sum = sa->load_avg * LOAD_AVG_MAX;
 	 * At this point, util_avg won't be used in select_task_rq_fair anyway