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SubjectRe: Crunch time -- the musical. (2.5 merge candidate list 1.5)
>> I still haven't been able to get your scheduler to boot for about
>> the last month without crashing the system. Andrew says he has it
>> booting somehow on 2.5.44-mm4, so I'll steal his kernel tommorow and
>> see how it looks. If the numbers look good for doing boring things
>> like kernel compile, SDET, etc, I'm happy.
>
> I thought this problem is well understood! For some reasons independent of
> my patch you have to boot your machines with the "notsc" option. This
> leaves the cache_decay_ticks variable initialized to zero which my patch
> doesn't like. I'm trying to deal with this inside the patch but there is
> still a small window when the variable is zero. In my opinion this needs
> to be fixed somewhere in arch/i386/kernel/smpboot.c. Booting a machine
> with cache_decay_ticks=0 is pure nonsense, as it switches off cache
> affinity which you absolutely need! So even if "notsc" is a legal option,
> it should be fixed such that it doesn't leave your machine without cache
> affinity. That would anyway give you a falsified behavior of the O(1)
> scheduler.

Oh, not sure if I ever replied to this or not. I don't *have* to boot
with notsc, I just usually do. And it crashed either way, so it's a
different problem (changing versions of gcc seems to perturb it too).
BUT ... your new patches 1 and 2 don't have this problem. See followup
email in a second.
M.

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