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SubjectRe: [PATCH] V-3.0 Single Priority Array O(1) CPU Scheduler Evaluation
William Lee Irwin III wrote:
> William Lee Irwin III wrote:
>>>Hmm. Given do_promotions() I'd expect fenceposts, not iteration over
>>>the priority levels of the runqueue.
> On Tue, Aug 03, 2004 at 10:33:36AM +1000, Peter Williams wrote:
>>I don't understand what you mean. Do you mean something like the more
>>complex promotion mechanism in the (earlier) EBS scheduler where tasks
>>only get promoted if they've been on a queue without being serviced
>>within a given time?
> An array of size N can be rotated in O(1) time

And with a smaller constant than my do_promotions(). :-)

> if an integer is kept
> along with it to represent an offset that has to be added to externally-
> visible indices mod N to recover the true index.

OK. Now I understand.

The main reason that I didn't do something like that is that
(considering that real time tasks don't get promoted) it would complicate:

1. the selection (in schedule()) of the next task to be run as it would
no longer be a case of just finding the first bit in the bitmap,
2. determining the appropriate list to put the task on in
enqueue_task(), etc., and
3. determining the right bit to turn off in the bit map when dequeuing
the last task in a slot.

As these are frequent operations compared to promotion I thought it
would be better to leave the complexity in do_promotion(). Now that
you've caused me to think about it again I realize that the changes in
the above areas may not be as complicated as I thought would be
necessary. So I'll give it some more thought.

Thanks for the suggestion
Peter Williams

"Learning, n. The kind of ignorance distinguishing the studious."
-- Ambrose Bierce
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