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SubjectRe: [PATCH] O6int for interactivity
This is much better than 2.5.75-mm3 with your patch.  XMMS seems to work 
well, and applications in X are much more responsive which is more
important to me anyway. Part of the sluggishness with 2.5.75-mm3 was
that the radeon DRM code apparently had problems. X was using 20-30% of
the CPU time which probably contributed to the laggy feeling. Still
even though 2.5.73-mm3 was crippled, this is also better than any of the
other 2.5.7x patched kernels I've tried.

Windows are pretty slow to redraw under load though sometimes. If I
have gimp scaling an image on workspace 2 and then switch back to 1 it
can take up to 7 seconds to redraw Mozilla or a terminal. This seems to
get better though the longer X has been running, once X has been up for
~15 minutes I can't get it to occur anymore.

XMMS still skips when my xscreensaver changes to a different
screensaver, but it's not as bad as before and I'm not expecting
miracles. I would rather a program start fast than take forever to
start just to avoid stalling XMMS.

I'm running a K6-2 400 w/384MB.

I'll keep testing and let you know if I find any problems...

Thanks,

Wes

Con Kolivas wrote:

>O*int patches trying to improve the interactivity of the 2.5/6 scheduler for
>desktops. It appears possible to do this without moving to nanosecond
>resolution.
>
>This one makes a massive difference... Please test this to death.
>
>Changes:
>The big change is in the way sleep_avg is incremented. Any amount of sleep
>will now raise you by at least one priority with each wakeup. This causes
>massive differences to startup time, extremely rapid conversion to interactive
>state, and recovery from non-interactive state rapidly as well (prevents X
>stalling after thrashing around under high loads for many seconds).
>
>The sleep buffer was dropped to just 10ms. This has the effect of causing mild
>round robinning of very interactive tasks if they run for more than 10ms. The
>requeuing was changed from (unlikely()) to an ordinary if.. branch as this
>will be hit much more now.
>
>MAX_BONUS as a #define was made easier to understand
>
>Idle tasks were made slightly less interactive to prevent cpu hogs from
>becoming interactive on their very first wakeup.
>
>Con
>
>This patch-O6int-0307170012 applies on top of 2.6.0-test1-mm1 and can be found
>here:
>http://kernel.kolivas.org/2.5
>
>and here:
>
>--- linux-2.6.0-test1-mm1/kernel/sched.c 2003-07-16 20:27:32.000000000 +1000
>+++ linux-2.6.0-testck1/kernel/sched.c 2003-07-17 00:13:24.000000000 +1000
>@@ -76,9 +76,9 @@
> #define MIN_SLEEP_AVG (HZ)
> #define MAX_SLEEP_AVG (10*HZ)
> #define STARVATION_LIMIT (10*HZ)
>-#define SLEEP_BUFFER (HZ/20)
>+#define SLEEP_BUFFER (HZ/100)
> #define NODE_THRESHOLD 125
>-#define MAX_BONUS ((MAX_USER_PRIO - MAX_RT_PRIO) * PRIO_BONUS_RATIO / 100)
>+#define MAX_BONUS (40 * PRIO_BONUS_RATIO / 100)
>
> /*
> * If a task is 'interactive' then we reinsert it in the active
>@@ -399,7 +399,7 @@ static inline void activate_task(task_t
> */
> if (sleep_time > MIN_SLEEP_AVG){
> p->avg_start = jiffies - MIN_SLEEP_AVG;
>- p->sleep_avg = MIN_SLEEP_AVG * (MAX_BONUS - INTERACTIVE_DELTA - 1) /
>+ p->sleep_avg = MIN_SLEEP_AVG * (MAX_BONUS - INTERACTIVE_DELTA - 2) /
> MAX_BONUS;
> } else {
> /*
>@@ -413,14 +413,10 @@ static inline void activate_task(task_t
> p->sleep_avg += sleep_time;
>
> /*
>- * Give a bonus to tasks that wake early on to prevent
>- * the problem of the denominator in the bonus equation
>- * from continually getting larger.
>+ * Processes that sleep get pushed to a higher priority
>+ * each time they sleep
> */
>- if ((runtime - MIN_SLEEP_AVG) < MAX_SLEEP_AVG)
>- p->sleep_avg += (runtime - p->sleep_avg) *
>- (MAX_SLEEP_AVG + MIN_SLEEP_AVG - runtime) *
>- (MAX_BONUS - INTERACTIVE_DELTA) / MAX_BONUS / MAX_SLEEP_AVG;
>+ p->sleep_avg = (p->sleep_avg * MAX_BONUS / runtime + 1) * runtime / MAX_BONUS;
>
> /*
> * Keep a small buffer of SLEEP_BUFFER sleep_avg to
>@@ -1311,7 +1307,7 @@ void scheduler_tick(int user_ticks, int
> enqueue_task(p, rq->expired);
> } else
> enqueue_task(p, rq->active);
>- } else if (unlikely(p->prio < effective_prio(p))){
>+ } else if (p->prio < effective_prio(p)){
> /*
> * Tasks that have lowered their priority are put to the end
> * of the active array with their remaining timeslice
>
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