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SubjectRe: Is it normal for freezing while...
On Fri, 30 Nov 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:

> war wrote:
> >
> > Wow, responsiveness is wonderful with these patches.
>
> yup. Thanks for testing...
>
> > Will they make it into 2.4.17, (ie: I've seen the -pre2 changelog, did
> > you incorporate them into -pre2)?
> > Even throughout the entire dd, it remained responsive
> > (mouse/cursor/network/etc).
>
> Well, this is a stable kernel, and the patch does adversely
> affect overall throughput.
>
> There are two changes to the elevator in that patch. One
> is a modest speedup for all workloads which, frankly, I'm
> inclined to drop. The other is the part which gives the
> improved responsiveness.
>
> Being a cautious chap, I think I'll submit that patch, with
> the default setting to "off", so there is no change to default
> kernel behaviour. Then people can run `elvtune -b' to enable it.

I confirmed that this works just fine for my test load.

2.5.1-pre1+vm-fixes+elevator+mini-ll+elvtune -b ~random
real 7m48.999s
user 6m41.020s
sys 0m30.130s

user : 0:06:47.59 73.0% page in : 669883
nice : 0:00:00.00 0.0% page out: 636094
system: 0:00:48.41 8.7% swap in : 143339
idle : 0:01:42.63 18.4% swap out: 154398

-----------------previous-results------------------
2.5.1-pre1
real 7m54.873s
user 6m41.070s
sys 0m30.170s

user : 0:06:47.35 72.6% page in : 661891
nice : 0:00:00.00 0.0% page out: 708836
system: 0:00:47.42 8.5% swap in : 140234
idle : 0:01:46.26 18.9% swap out: 172775

2.5.1-pre1+vm-fixes
real 7m48.438s
user 6m41.070s
sys 0m29.570s

user : 0:06:47.89 74.9% page in : 666952
nice : 0:00:00.00 0.0% page out: 621296
system: 0:00:47.70 8.8% swap in : 142391
idle : 0:01:28.94 16.3% swap out: 150721


2.5.1-pre1+vm-fixes+elevator
real 8m13.386s
user 6m38.330s
sys 0m31.680s

user : 0:06:45.24 70.3% page in : 596724
nice : 0:00:00.00 0.0% page out: 574456
system: 0:00:47.79 8.3% swap in : 123507
idle : 0:02:03.64 21.4% swap out: 138675

2.5.1-pre1+vm-fixes+elevator+mini-ll
real 8m12.437s
user 6m38.860s
sys 0m31.680s

user : 0:06:45.90 71.0% page in : 604385
nice : 0:00:00.00 0.0% page out: 572588
system: 0:00:47.50 8.3% swap in : 126731
idle : 0:01:58.05 20.7% swap out: 138055


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