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Subject[PATCH] 2.6.0 batch scheduling, HT aware
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I've done a resync and update of my batch scheduling that is also hyper-thread 
aware.

What is batch scheduling? Specifying a task as batch allows it to only use cpu
time if there is idle time available, rather than having a proportion of the
cpu time based on niceness.

Why do I need hyper-thread aware batch scheduling?

If you have a hyperthread (P4HT) processor and run it as two logical cpus you
can have a very low priority task running that can consume 50% of your
physical cpu's capacity no matter how high priority tasks you are running.
For example if you use the distributed computing client setiathome you will
be effectively be running at half your cpu's speed even if you run setiathome
at nice 20. Batch scheduling for normal cpus allows only idle time to be used
for batch tasks, and for HT cpus only allows idle time when both logical cpus
are idle.

This is not being pushed for mainline kernel inclusion, but the issue of how
to prevent low priority tasks slowing down HT cpus needs to be considered for
the mainline HT scheduler if it ever gets included. This patch provides a
temporising measure for those with HT processors, and a demonstrative way to
handle them in mainline.

Patch available here:
http://ck.kolivas.org/patches/2.6/2.6.0/

Con

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