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SubjectUpdated Linux kernel preemption patches
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for kernel 2.4.9 and 2.4.8-ac12, respectively.

This is a straight update of Nigel Gamble's Linux kernel preemption
patch from, updated for the above
kernels. Thus, this is Nigel's code -- I merely updated it.

I am eager to see work done on the patch and to see what its future may
be. If you are in any way interested in application latency or
real-time support, I suggest you check this out. If you are just
curious, its an interesting patch none-the-less.

Some benchmarks:

kernel 2.4.8-ac12 (nonpreempt):
dbench 16:
Throughput 12.9453 MB/sec (NB=16.1816 MB/sec 129.453 MBit/sec)
dbench 1:
Throughput 76.0099 MB/sec (NB=95.0123 MB/sec 760.099 MBit/sec)
kernel compile (make dep clean bzImage):
7:35.51 (386.34s user, 23.41s system)

kernel 2.4.8-ac12 with preemptible kernel patch:
dbench 16:
Throughput 13.3579 MB/sec (NB=16.6974 MB/sec 133.579 MBit/sec)
dbench 1:
Throughput 31.4971 MB/sec (NB=39.3714 MB/sec 314.971 MBit/sec)
kernel compile (make dep clean bzImage):
7:23.26 (387.10s user, 23.42s system)

The performance increase in kernel compile and dbench 16 is decent, but
the decrease in dbench 1 is odd. I am curious what numbers others find.
My "how does it feel" benchmark is that bandwidth seems similar while
multitasking may be a tad smoother with the patch.

Robert M. Love
rml at
rml at

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