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SubjectRe: static scheduling - SCHED_IDLE?
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ludovic wrote:
>
> Oswald Buddenhagen wrote:
> >
> > > The problem with these things it that sometimes such a task may hold
> > > a lock, which can prevent higher-priority tasks from running.
> > >
> > true ... three ideas:
> > - a sort of temporary priority elevation (the opposite of SCHED_YIELD)
> > as long as the process holds some lock
> > - automatically schedule the task, if some higher-priorized task wants
> > the lock
> > - preventing the processes from aquiring locks at all (obviously this
> > is not possible for required locks inside the kernel, but i don't
> > know enough about this)
> >
> > > A solution would be to make sure that these tasks get at least one
> > > time slice every 3 seconds or so, so they can release any locks
> > > they might be holding and the system as a whole won't livelock.
> > >
> > did "these" apply only to the tasks, that actually hold a lock?
> > if not, then i don't like this idea, as it gives the processes
> > time for the only reason, that it _might_ hold a lock. this basically
> > undermines the idea of static classes. in this case, we could actually
> > just make the "nice" scale incredibly large and possibly nonlinear,
> > as mark suggested.
> >
>
> Since the linux kernel is not preemptive, the problem is a little
> bit more complicated; A low priority kernel thread won't lose the
> CPU while holding a lock except if it wants to. That simplifies the
> locking problem you mention but the idea of background low priority
> threads that run when the machine is really idle is also not this
> simple.

You seem to have a sence for black humor right :) ?
As this is purely a complete nonsence
- you were talking about M$Win3.11 right ?
(are you really the employ of Sun ??)

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