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SubjectRe: Should I use Linux to develop driver for specialized ISA card?
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On Tuesday den 4 September 2001 18:24, Christopher Friesen wrote:
> Fred wrote:
> > I'm curious, Alan, Why? I'm a hardware developer, and I would have
> > assumed that linux would have been ideal for real time / embedded
> > projects? (routers / controllers / etc.) Is there, for instance, a reason
> > to suspect that linux would not be able to respond to interrupts at say
> > 8Khz?
> > of course I know nothing of rtlinux so I'll read.
>
> I'm involved in a project where we are using linux in an embedded
> application. We've got a gig of ram, no hard drives, no video, and the only
> I/O is serial, ethernet and fiberchannel.
>
> We have a realtime process that tries to run every 50ms. We're seeing
> actual worst-case scheduling latencies upwards of 300-400ms.
>
> So while interrupts can be handled pretty quickly, you'll want to make sure
> that your buffers are big enough that your userspace app only needs to run
> every half second or so.
>
> You may be better off with rtlinux if you need better response. (Or if
> you're on x86 hardware you could look at the low-latency patches.)

1) Why shouldn't the low-latency patches work for another architecture?
Andrew Morton might be interested to fix other architectures too.
(but most patches are not in architecture specific code)

2) Montavistas reschedulable kernel is a very interesting approach, newly
released an update by Robert Love
http://kpreempt.sourceforge.net/
http://tech9.net/rml/linux/patch-rml-2.4.10-pre2-preempt-kernel-1
(there are still some spikes, but the floor is smooth)

But note you with both approaches you want to run the latency critical process
with a higher priority, and probably with the memory locked down.

See example code (latencytest) at:
http://www.gardena.net/benno/linux/audio/
(but there is no need to run at the maximum possible priority since your
process will be alone anyway...)

/RogerL

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Roger Larsson
Skellefteå
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