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Subjectlow-latency scheduling patch for 2.4.0

A patch against kernel 2.4.0 final which provides low-latency
scheduling is at

Some notes:

- Worst-case scheduling latency with *very* intense workloads is now
0.8 milliseconds on a 500MHz uniprocessor.

For normal workloads you can expect to achieve better than 0.5
milliseconds for ever. For example, worst-case latency between entry
to an interrupt routine and activation of a usermode process during a
`make clean && make bzImage' is 0.35 milliseconds. This is one to
three orders of magnitude better than BeOS, MacOS and the Windowses.

- Low latency is enabled from the `Processor type and features'
kernel configuration menu for all architectures. It would be nice to
hear from non-x86 users.

- The SMP problem hasn't been addressed. Enabling low-latency for
SMP works well under normal workloads but comes unstuck under very
heavy workloads. I'll be taking a further look at this.

- The supporting tools `rtc_debug' and `amlat' have been updated.
These are quite useful tools for providing accurate measurement of
latencies. They may also be used to identify the causes of poor
latency in the kernel.

- Remaining problem areas (the Don't Do That list) is pretty small:

- Scrolling the fb console.
- Running hdparm.
- Using LILO
- Starting the X server

- Low latency will probably only be achieved when using the ext2 and
NFS filesystems.

- If you care about latency, be *very* cautious about upgrading to
XFree86 4.x. I'll cover this issue in a separate email, copied
to the XFree team.

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