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SubjectRe: Scheduler ( was: Just a second ) ...

On Tue, 18 Dec 2001, Mike Kravetz wrote:
> On Tue, Dec 18, 2001 at 02:09:16PM +0000, Alan Cox wrote:
> > The scheduler is eating 40-60% of the machine on real world 8 cpu workloads.
> > That isn't going to go away by sticking heads in sand.
>
> Can you be more specific as to the workload you are referring to?
> As someone who has been playing with the scheduler for a while,
> I am interested in all such workloads.

Well, careful: depending on what "%" means, a 8-cpu machine has either
"100% max" or "800% max".

So are we talking about "we spend 40-60% of all CPU cycles in the
scheduler" or are we talking about "we spend 40-60% of the CPU power of
_one_ CPU out of 8 in the scheduler".

Yes, 40-60% sounds like a lot ("Wow! About half the time is spent in the
scheduler"), but I bet it's 40-60% of _one_ CPU, which really translates
to "The worst scheduler case I've ever seen under a real load spent 5-8%
of the machine CPU resources on scheduling".

And let's face it, 5-8% is bad, but we're not talking "half the CPU power"
here.

Linus

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