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SubjectRe: Preemptive kernel and vm management in 2.4.9
The preemption patch helps on problems with high letencies.

High latencies means that the kernel is busy doing something, so that
other threads will get starved. This problem is especially seen when
using multimedia.

The most discussed problem is listening to a MP3-file, while the machine
has a high load. What we want to avoid is skips in the music.

Tee preemption patch helps, because it allows preemption of processes
running in kernel space, meaning that the sheduler can choose another
process, even though the process running is in kernel-space.
(A very crude description, I know, but AFAIK is is the general idea)

Without the preemption patch, whenever a userprocess makes a call to the
kernel, it could not be resheduled before the call had returned. This
results in very high latencies for some kernel calls.

Hope it helps, othervice please refere to documentation and recent
lkml-threads.

Anders Fugmann



Samuel T Ting wrote:

> Hello all,
>
> Lately, I have been hearing a lot about preemptive kernels on the list.
> I have just started looking into kernel internals, so could somebody
> explain what kernel preemption is?
>
> Also, how does virtual memory management in 2.4.9 work?
>
> Thanks!
>
> Samuel Ting
>
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