Bug 163397

Summary: cpuspeed doesn't handle hyperthreaded cpu's effectively
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 Reporter: Eric Jones <enjones>
Component: kernel-utilsAssignee: Jarod Wilson <jarod>
Status: CLOSED INSUFFICIENT_DATA QA Contact: Brian Brock <bbrock>
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Description Eric Jones 2005-07-15 20:17:53 UTC
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Description of problem:
When using a HyperThreaded Pentium 4 CPU, the cpuspeed daemon doens't use an effective algorithm for determining the current CPU utilizization.  Since a single CPU intensive process only runs on one "virtual" CPU, the other CPU appears 100% idle, giving a net system usage of 50%.  cpuspeed sees this and lowers the clock speed, slowing down the otherwise CPU intensive application.  When running on a hyperthreaded system, cpuspeed should use the most active "virtual" processor as its gauge for current system activity.

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
kernel-utils-2.4-13.1.48

How reproducible:
Always

Steps to Reproduce:
1. start cpuspeed
2. run an intense cpu benchmark on one "virtual" processor
3. cat /proc/cpuinfo and watch the processor get slowed to its lowest state (2.8 GHz on my 3.6 GHz box)
  

Actual Results:  The cpu was frequency scaled down to its lowest state.

Expected Results:  The cpu should have run at the maximum clock speed since the benchmark was utilizing 100% of one of the "virtual" processors.

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Comment 1 Jarod Wilson 2007-01-24 14:53:32 UTC
Is this still an issue with the latest RHEL4 kernel and kernel-utils packages?
I'm taking over all cpu frequency scaling bugs, and trying to work my way
through them...

Comment 2 Jarod Wilson 2007-06-04 21:37:19 UTC
4+ months of no activity, 1.5+ years since hearing from the original poster,
closing out bug.