Sep 12 – 14, 2022
Europe/Dublin timezone

Linux Kernel Scheduling and split-LLC architectures: Overview, Challenges and Opportunities

Sep 13, 2022, 4:45 PM
"Ulster & Munster" (Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road)

"Ulster & Munster"

Clayton Hotel on Burlington Road



Gautham R Shenoy (AMD Inc.) Prateek Nayak (AMD Inc. )


Linux Task Scheduler has seen several enhancements to make task scheduling better and smarter for split last level cache (split-LLC) environments. With wider adoption of the chiplet-like technology in current and future processors, these continued efforts become key to squeeze the most out of the silicon.

Work has already gone in to accurately model the domain topology for split-LLC architectures: Optimizing task wakeups to target cache-hot LLCs, reducing cross-LLC communication. NUMA imbalance metrics have been reworked to enable better task distribution across NUMA nodes with multiple LLCs. These enhancements have enabled several workloads to benefit from architectural advantages of split-LLCs. That being said, there is still lot of performance left on the table.

In this talk we provide an overview of recent scheduler changes that have benefitted workloads in a split-LLC environment. We will describe challenges, opportunities and some ambitious ideas to make the Linux Scheduler more performant on split-LLC architectures.

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Gautham R Shenoy (AMD Inc.) Prateek Nayak (AMD Inc. )

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