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SubjectRe: patent on O_ATOMICLOOKUP - Warning actual technical content.
On Sat, May 25, 2002 at 05:39:00PM -0700, Linus Torvalds wrote:
> Side note: we could, of course, mark some spinlocks (and thus some
> code-paths) as being RT-safe, and then make sure that those spinlocks -
> when they disable interrupts - actually disable the _hw_ interrupts even
> with the RT patches.
> That would make those sequences usable even from within a RT subset, but
> would obviously mean that those spinlocks have to be checked for latency
> issues - because any user (also non-RT ones) would obviously be truly
> uninterruptible within these spinlocks.

How about something more useful: interval progress assurances? Such as
"during any 5 second period this process will be able to read X meg of
data from a file and write Y meg"

So if I have an RT task that dumps data to a DVD at millisecond intervals,
I can be sure that the non-RT task that reads the FS and puts data
into a buffer will never let me run out of frames on a given shared memory

This is useful in itself for nonRT Linux too. It seems quite hard, but it
could be relatively robust, once it was in place - making a 1 millisecond
worst case turn into a 10 millisecond worst case would not break it.

I'm ignoring the 10 billionth rehash of the RTLinux/RTAI debate since
there seems very little purpose in not doing so. People who have actual
questions should feel free to ask me directly - publically or privately, I
don't mind. Those on tape loops can keep repeating themselves without
my assistance.

Victor Yodaiken
Finite State Machine Labs: The RTLinux Company.

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