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    SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.72 O(1) interactivity bugfix
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    On Thu, 19 Jun 2003 10:47, Andreas Boman wrote:
    > On Wed, 2003-06-18 at 19:38, Con Kolivas wrote:
    > > On Thu, 19 Jun 2003 08:59, Andreas Boman wrote:
    > > > On Wed, 2003-06-18 at 18:43, Con Kolivas wrote:
    > > > > On Thu, 19 Jun 2003 03:59, Andreas Boman wrote:
    > > > > > On Wed, 2003-06-18 at 10:43, Con Kolivas wrote:
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    > > > > > > Hi Ingo, all
    > > > > > >
    > > > > > > While messing with the interactivity code I found what appears to
    > > > > > > be an uninitialised variable (p->sleep_avg), which is responsible
    > > > > > > for all the boost/penalty in the scheduler. Initialising this
    > > > > > > variable to 0 seems to have made absolutely massive improvements
    > > > > > > to system responsiveness under load and completely removed audio
    > > > > > > skips up to doing a make -j64 on my uniprocessor P4 (beyond which
    > > > > > > swap starts being used), without changing the scheduler
    > > > > > > timeslices. This seems to help all 2.4 O(1) based kernels as
    > > > > > > well. Attached is a patch against 2.5.72 but I'm not sure about
    > > > > > > the best place to initialise it.
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Applying this ontop of 2.5.72-mm1 causes more xmms/mpg321/ogg123
    > > > > > skipping than with plain -mm1 here. make -j20 on my up athlon 1900+
    > > > > > with 512M ram causes extreme skipping until the make is killed.
    > > > > > With plain -mm1 I may get _one_ skip at the very begining of a song
    > > > > > during make -j20 (about 50% of the time). Plain -mm1 stops skipping
    > > > > > after 10-15 sec of playback of a song, and even switching desktops
    > > > > > after that doesnt cause skips, with or without make -j20 running
    > > > > > (switching to/from desktops with apps like mozilla, evolution etc.
    > > > > > will cause skips during the first 10-15 sec of a song regardless
    > > > > > what I do it seems).
    > > > > >
    > > > > > Renicing xmms to -15 doesnt change anything with either kernel.
    > > > >
    > > > > Hmm. I got too excited with the fact it improved so much on the 2.4
    > > > > O(1)
    > > >
    > > > Well, I got very exited when I saw your post ;) I guess this is a
    > > > problem all us UP desktop users would like too see solved.
    > > >
    > > > > kernels that I didn't try it hard enough on the 2.5 kernels. I have
    > > > > had people quietly telling me that it isn't uninitialised, but that I
    > > > > am simply resetting it with this patch on new forked processes. It
    > > > > seems the extra changes to the 2.5 scheduler make this patch make
    > > > > things worse?
    > > >
    > > > Yeah, I poked around a bit after I sent my earlier mail to see what may
    > > > be going on and noticed that too. (In activate_task() and sched_exit()
    > > > and some other place iirc)
    > > >
    > > > > I need more testing of the 2.4 one as well to see if it was just my
    > > > > combination of hardware and kernel that was better with this...
    > > >
    > > > I suspect that is the case, yes, or I got unlucky with mine since it
    > > > was extremely bad during the make -j. I'll see if I can get a 2.4.21-ck
    > > > patched up with some other things I need here, and try to reproduce my
    > > > results. That should tell us if it is infact scheduler differences or
    > > > our different setups.
    > >
    > > I had another look at 2.5 and noticed the max sleep avg is set to 10
    > > seconds instead of 2 seconds in 2.4. This could make a _big_ difference
    > > to new forked tasks if they all start out penalised as most
    > > non-interactive. It can take 5 times longer before they get the balance
    > > right. Can you try with this set to 2 or even 1 second on 2.5?
    >
    > Ahh, thanks Con, setting MAX_SLEEP_AVG to 2 *almost* removes all xmms
    > skipping here, a song *may* skip during desktop switches sometime during
    > the first 5 sec or so of playback IFF make -j20 is running. On a mostly
    > idle box (well LoadAvg 3 or so is mostly idle isnt it? ;) desktop
    > switching doesnt cause skips anymore 8)

    That's nice; a MAX_SLEEP_AVG of 1 second will shorten that 5 seconds to half
    that as well. What you describe makes perfect sense given that achieving a
    balance is an exponential function where the MSA is the time constant.

    > Doing make -j20 and staying on the same desktop doesnt cause any
    > skipping at all (but it didnt cause much skipping at all on plain
    > 2.5.72-mm1 either).

    So it is better than the default mm1? (doesnt cause any vs didnt cause much)

    > I also applied your p->sleep_avg = 0; stuff (keeping MAX_SLEEP_AVG 2 and
    > HZ 1000) and it behaved just like I described earlier (songs started
    > after the make never stop skipping).

    Well anything started will be penalised initially as being completely
    non-interactive with the p->sleep_avg = 0. This seems to work fine for normal
    usage patterns I've found on -ck1, as after a short while it gets a bonus up
    to interactive. But you say that doesn't happen on 2.5?

    > I am fairly sure the winner for me here was the MAX_SLEEP_AVG since I
    > have fiddled with HZ before without it making big noticable differences.

    Yes you're confirming pretty much what I'm finding now that I've played with
    it a lot more.

    > I havent gotten a 2.4 kernel patched up yet (lazy), but I'll get that
    > done and see how that sleep_avg patch behaves here then.

    Shouldn't be any different than what you've described on 2.5 now, if you make
    CHILD_PENALTY match that on 2.5 (is 50 in 2.5, was 95 in -ck1)

    Con

    P.S. I've cc'ed lkml since others might find this information interesting

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