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SubjectRe: [2.4.17/18pre] VM and swap - it's really unusable
On Wednesday 09 January 2002 13:57, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Without LL, Linux cannot reasonably be used for professional audio
> work that involves real time FX or real time synthesis. The default
> kernel has worst-case latencies noticeably worse than Windows, and
> most people are reluctant to use that system already, not just because
> of instability but latencies also. Its not a matter of it being "a bit
> of a problem" - the 100msec worst case latencies visible in the
> standard kernel make it totally implausible that you would ever deploy
> Linux in a situation where RT FX/synthesis were going to happen.
> By contrast, if we get LL in place, then we can potentially use Linux
> in "black box"/"embedded" systems designed specifically for audio
> users; all the flexibility of Linux, but if they choose to ignore most
> of that, they'll still have a black rack-mounted box capable of doing
> everything (more mostly everything) currently done by dedicated
> hardware. As general purpose CPU performance continues to increase,
> this becomes more and more overwhelmingly obvious as the way forward
> for audio processing.

I keep on seeing these "Blackbox" apps like Tivo using Linux but the
fact remains the average folks cannot get any reasonable kind of A/V
performance and support under Linux. That's what we need.

Needing to save money and get some fast cash (I'm unemployed),
yesterday, I swapped out my dual P-III motherboard in my BeOS box
for a Via C-III (700MHz) based system. And I got my first real hiccups
while using the OS when I was playing MP3s and _launching_ the TV
program _full screen_(640x480 on 640x480 virtual desktop window).

Obviously, when this stuff is done right, more CPU power can only help,
but it still has to be done right. As I am sure that you know, BeOS claims
average latency of 250 microseconds.

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