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On Thursday 20 December 2001 00:52, Robert Love wrote:
> On Thu, 2001-12-20 at 01:33, Timothy Covell wrote:
> > OK, here's another 0.1% for you. Considering how Linux SMP
> > doesn't have high CPU affinity, would it be possible to make a
> > patch such that the additional CPUs remain in deep sleep/HALT
> > mode until the first CPU hits a high-water mark of say 90%
> > utilization? I've started doing this by hand with the (x)pulse
> > application. My goal is to save electricity and cut down on
> > excess heat when I'm just browsing the web and not compiling
> > or seti@home'ing.
>
> You'd probably be better off working against load and not CPU usage,
> since a single app can hit you at 100% CPU. Load average is the sort of
> metric you want, since if there is more than 1 task waiting to run on
> average, you will benefit from multiple CPUs.
>
> That said, this would be easy to do in user space using the hotplug CPU
> patch. Monitor load average (just like any X applet does) and when it
> crosses over the threshold: "echo 1 > /proc/sys/cpu/2/online"
>
> Another solution would be to use CPU affinity to lock init (and thus all
> tasks) to 0x00000001 or whatever and then start allowing 0x00000002 or
> whatever when load gets too high.
>
> My point: it is awful easy in user space.
>
> Robert Love
>

You make good points. I'll try the hotplug CPU patch to automate things
more than with my simple use of Xpulse, (whose code I could have
used if I wanted to get off my butt and write a useful C application.)


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