runqlen man page

runqlen ā€” Scheduler run queue length as a histogram.

Synopsis

runqlen [-h] [-T] [-O] [-C] [interval] [count]

Description

This program summarizes scheduler queue length as a histogram, and can also show run queue occupancy. It works by sampling the run queue length on all CPUs at 99 Hertz.

This tool can be used to identify imbalances, eg, when processes are bound to CPUs causing queueing, or interrupt mappings causing the same.

Since this uses BPF, only the root user can use this tool.

Requirements

CONFIG_BPF and bcc.

Options

-h

Print usage message.

-T

Include timestamps on output.

-O

Report run queue occupancy.

-C

Report for each CPU.

interval

Output interval, in seconds.

count

Number of outputs.

Examples

Summarize run queue length as a histogram:

# runqlen

Print 1 second summaries, 10 times:

# runqlen 1 10

Print output every second, with timestamps, and show each CPU separately:

# runqlen -CT 1

Print run queue occupancy every second:

# runqlen -O 1

Print run queue occupancy, with timetamps, for each CPU:

# runqlen -COT 1

Fields

runqlen

Scheduler run queue length: the number of threads (tasks) waiting to run, (excluding including the currently running task).

count

Number of samples at this queue length.

distribution

An ASCII bar chart to visualize the distribution (count column)

Overhead

This uses sampling at 99 Hertz (on all CPUs), and in-kernel summaries, which should make overhead negligible. This does not trace scheduler events, like runqlen does, which comes at a much higher overhead cost.

Source

This is from bcc.

https://github.com/iovisor/bcc

Also look in the bcc distribution for a companion _examples.txt file containing example usage, output, and commentary for this tool.

OS

Linux

Stability

Unstable - in development.

Author

Brendan Gregg

See Also

runqlat(8), pidstat(1)

Referenced By

cpuunclaimed(8), runqlat(8).

2016-12-12 USER COMMANDS