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SubjectRe: #define HZ 1024 -- negative effects?
When you change the #define HZ setting in param.h, what effect does that
have on the CLOCKS_PER_SEC? Are you really going to get a different amount
of slice time or is the is there another kernel source file (timex.h) that
just puts you back anyway?

----- Original Message -----
From: "Mike Galbraith" <>
To: "linux-kernel" <>
Sent: Friday, April 27, 2001 6:04 AM
Subject: Re: #define HZ 1024 -- negative effects?

> > > I have not tried it, but I would think that setting HZ to 1024
> > > should make a big improvement in responsiveness.
> > >
> > > Currently, the time slice allocated to a standard Linux
> > > process is 5*HZ, or 50ms when HZ is 100. That means that you
> > > will notice keystrokes being echoed slowly in X when you have
> > > just one or two running processes,
> >
> > Rubbish. Whenever a higher-priority thread than the current
> > thread becomes runnable the current thread will get preempted,
> > regardless of whether its timeslices is over or not.
> (hmm.. noone mentioned this, and it doesn't look like anyone is
> going to volunteer to be my proxy [see ionut's .sig]. oh well)
> What about SCHED_YIELD and allocating during vm stress times?
> Say you have only two tasks. One is the gui and is allocating,
> the other is a pure compute task. The compute task doesn't do
> anything which will cause preemtion except use up it's slice.
> The gui may yield the cpu but the compute job never will.
> (The gui won't _become_ runnable if that matters. It's marked
> as running, has yielded it's remaining slice and went to sleep..
> with it's eyes open;)
> Since increasing HZ reduces timeslice, the maximum amount of time
> that you can yield is also decreased. In the above case, isn't
> it true that changing HZ from 100 to 1000 decreases sleep time
> for the yielder from 50ms to 5ms if the compute task is at the
> start of it's slice when the gui yields?
> It seems likely that even if you're running a normal mix of tasks,
> that the gui, big fat oinker that the things tend to be, will yield
> much more often than the slimmer tasks it's competing with for cpu
> because it's likely allocating/yielding much more often.
> It follows that increasing HZ must decrease latency for the gui if
> there's any vm stress.. and that's the time that gui responsivness
> complaints usually refer to. Throughput for yielding tasks should
> also increase with a larger HZ value because the number of yields
> is constant (tied to the number of allocations) but the amount of
> cpu time lost per yield is smaller.
> Correct?
> (if big fat tasks _don't_ generally allocate more than slim tasks,
> my refering to ionuts .sig was most unfortunate. i hope it's safe
> to assume that you can't become that obese without eating a lot;)
> -Mike
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