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SubjectRe: 2.4.10-ac10-preempt lmbench output.
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On Tuesday 09 October 2001 21:18, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> On Tue, Oct 09, 2001 at 08:36:56PM -0400, safemode wrote:
> > mp3 player to skip, though. That probably wont be fixed intil 2.5,
> > since you need to have preemption in the vm and the rest of the kernel.
>
> xmms skips during I/O should have nothing to do with preemption.
>
> As Alan noted for the ring of dma fragments to expire you need a
> scheduler latency of the order of seconds, now (assuming the ll points
> in read/write paths) when we've bad latencies under writes it's of the
> order of 10msec and it can be turned down further by putting preemption
> checks in the buffer lru lists write paths.
>
> The reason xmms skips I believe is because the vm is doing write
> throttling. I've at least one idea on how to fix it but it has nothing
> to do with preemption in the VM or whatever else scheduler related
> thing.
>
> So I wouldn't expect to fix any playback skips where buffering is
> possible by using the preemptive patch etc.. It's nearly impossible that
> it makes any difference.
>
> The preemptive patch can matter only if you're doing real time signal
> processing where any kind of buffering isn't possible.
>
> Andrea

That's what i would think too at first. What's confusing me is the fact that
it is affected by priority. Which means preemption can solve the problem.
If i run the mp3 player at nice -n -20, i get no skips. Why else would that
be if not that preemption is dictating that freeamp's process gets whatever
it wants when it wants ?
My question is why does freeamp need to be at -20 nice just to do it's thing
when logic dictates that it should be dbench that skips and is throttled down
when run at the same priority as freeamp and not freeamp, since freeamp isn't
trying to abuse it's resources.
I mean, if renicing the process allows it not to skip, what else is going on
if it's not preemption, isn't that what the purpose of the priorities are -
preempting lower priorities? Or is nice something totally different,
separate from priorities?
I'm not exactly seeing how renicing it to -20 and the kernel letting freeamp
do what it wants over anything else does not fall under the definition of
preemption. It cant possibly have nothing to do with preemption of
preemption directly effects it.

Ok, so maybe i'm wrong and it has nothing to do with preemption, if then what
exactly is allowing freeamp to play perfectly when run with nice -n -20 and
not at normal 0. And why is that the default behavior of the kernel ? It
seems quite unfair in a multiuser-multiprocessing system.
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