The Migration Thread

The migration thread serves two purposes: It must fulfill migration requests originating from the scheduler,
and it is used to implement active balancing. This is handled in a kernel thread that executes

migration_thread runs an infinite loop and sleeps when there is nothing to do. First of all, the function
checks if active balancing is required, and if this is the case, active_load_balance is called to satisfy this
request. The function tries to move one task from the current run queue to the run queue of the CPU that
initiated the request for active balancing. It uses move_one_task for this purpose, which, in turn, ends
up calling the scheduler-class specific move_one_task functions of all scheduler classes until one of them
succeeds. Note that these functions try to move processes more aggressively than load_balance. For
instance, they do not perform the previously mentioned priority comparison, so they are more likely to
Once the active load balancing is finished, the migration thread checks if any migration requests from the
scheduler are pending in the migrate_req list. If none is available, the thread can reschedule. Otherwise,
the request is fulfilled with __migrate_task, which performs the desired process movement directly
without further interaction with the scheduler classes.