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    SubjectRe: scheduler vs hardware? (was Re: another i7 (linux) bug?)
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    On Fri, 2010-01-22 at 08:19 +0100, Mike Galbraith wrote:
    > > if I run a cpu intensive process with the lowest priority (19
    > > from man nice) I obtain much better performance that with the
    > > highest priority available (-20 from man nice).
    > >
    > > For example the same file is processed by lame in 8.7 seconds
    > > at the lowest priority, and in 12 seconds at the highest
    > > priority. Before posting a bug I wold like to understand if
    > > this is a problem related to the i7 mobile (my processor is a
    > > i7 Q720).
    > >
    > > As far as I tested on the same laptop series (dell studio 15),
    > > with the same kernel this problem does not exists.
    >
    > So you only see this on the i7. That's odd. Can you try 33-rc5?
    >
    > Posting a reliable reproducer would be nice. It'd also be nice to see
    > what all is running when you see this, and where.

    Using a sample from: http://lame.sourceforge.net/quality.php

    My laptop does:


    # time nice -n 19 lame -b 256 -V0 -h youcantdothat.wav - > /dev/null
    LAME 3.98.2 64bits (http://www.mp3dev.org/)
    Using polyphase lowpass filter, transition band: 19383 Hz - 19916 Hz
    Encoding youcantdothat.wav to <stdout>
    Encoding as 44.1 kHz j-stereo MPEG-1 Layer III VBR(q=0)
    Frame | CPU time/estim | REAL time/estim | play/CPU | ETA
    1147/1147 (100%)| 0:03/ 0:03| 0:03/ 0:03| 9.3341x| 0:00
    32 [ 1] *
    256 [1009] %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    320 [ 137] %%%%%%%%%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    kbps LR MS % long switch short %
    263.4 99.1 0.9 90.5 5.5 4.0

    real 0m3.273s
    user 0m3.217s
    sys 0m0.022s


    # time nice -n 0 lame -b 256 -V0 -h youcantdothat.wav - > /dev/null
    LAME 3.98.2 64bits (http://www.mp3dev.org/)
    Using polyphase lowpass filter, transition band: 19383 Hz - 19916 Hz
    Encoding youcantdothat.wav to <stdout>
    Encoding as 44.1 kHz j-stereo MPEG-1 Layer III VBR(q=0)
    Frame | CPU time/estim | REAL time/estim | play/CPU | ETA
    1147/1147 (100%)| 0:01/ 0:01| 0:01/ 0:01| 27.239x| 0:00
    32 [ 1] *
    256 [1009] %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    320 [ 137] %%%%%%%%%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    kbps LR MS % long switch short %
    263.4 99.1 0.9 90.5 5.5 4.0

    real 0m1.121s
    user 0m1.102s
    sys 0m0.013s


    # time nice -n -20 lame -b 256 -V0 -h youcantdothat.wav - > /dev/null
    LAME 3.98.2 64bits (http://www.mp3dev.org/)
    Using polyphase lowpass filter, transition band: 19383 Hz - 19916 Hz
    Encoding youcantdothat.wav to <stdout>
    Encoding as 44.1 kHz j-stereo MPEG-1 Layer III VBR(q=0)
    Frame | CPU time/estim | REAL time/estim | play/CPU | ETA
    1147/1147 (100%)| 0:01/ 0:01| 0:01/ 0:01| 27.239x| 0:00
    32 [ 1] *
    256 [1009] %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    320 [ 137] %%%%%%%%%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    kbps LR MS % long switch short %
    263.4 99.1 0.9 90.5 5.5 4.0

    real 0m1.112s
    user 0m1.093s
    sys 0m0.018s



    On a Nehalem class server machine it does:


    # time nice -n 19 lame -b 256 -V0 -h youcantdothat.wav - > /dev/null
    LAME 3.98.2 64bits (http://www.mp3dev.org/)
    Using polyphase lowpass filter, transition band: 19383 Hz - 19916 Hz
    Encoding youcantdothat.wav to <stdout>
    Encoding as 44.1 kHz j-stereo MPEG-1 Layer III VBR(q=0)
    Frame | CPU time/estim | REAL time/estim | play/CPU | ETA
    1147/1147 (100%)| 0:00/ 0:00| 0:00/ 0:00| 32.926x| 0:00
    32 [ 1] *
    256 [1009] %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    320 [ 137] %%%%%%%%%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    kbps LR MS % long switch short %
    263.4 99.1 0.9 90.5 5.5 4.0

    real 0m0.932s
    user 0m0.917s
    sys 0m0.005s


    # time nice -n 0 lame -b 256 -V0 -h youcantdothat.wav - > /dev/null
    LAME 3.98.2 64bits (http://www.mp3dev.org/)
    Using polyphase lowpass filter, transition band: 19383 Hz - 19916 Hz
    Encoding youcantdothat.wav to <stdout>
    Encoding as 44.1 kHz j-stereo MPEG-1 Layer III VBR(q=0)
    Frame | CPU time/estim | REAL time/estim | play/CPU | ETA
    1147/1147 (100%)| 0:00/ 0:00| 0:00/ 0:00| 32.568x| 0:00
    32 [ 1] *
    256 [1009] %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    320 [ 137] %%%%%%%%%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    kbps LR MS % long switch short %
    263.4 99.1 0.9 90.5 5.5 4.0

    real 0m0.927s
    user 0m0.922s
    sys 0m0.003s


    # time nice -n -20 lame -b 256 -V0 -h youcantdothat.wav - > /dev/null
    LAME 3.98.2 64bits (http://www.mp3dev.org/)
    Using polyphase lowpass filter, transition band: 19383 Hz - 19916 Hz
    Encoding youcantdothat.wav to <stdout>
    Encoding as 44.1 kHz j-stereo MPEG-1 Layer III VBR(q=0)
    Frame | CPU time/estim | REAL time/estim | play/CPU | ETA
    1147/1147 (100%)| 0:00/ 0:00| 0:00/ 0:00| 32.926x| 0:00
    32 [ 1] *
    256 [1009] %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%
    320 [ 137] %%%%%%%%%
    ----------------------------------------------------------------------------
    kbps LR MS % long switch short %
    263.4 99.1 0.9 90.5 5.5 4.0

    real 0m0.919s
    user 0m0.914s
    sys 0m0.005s




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