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SubjectRe: realtime scheduling problems with 2.4 linux kernel >= 2.4.10
Andi Kleen wrote:
>
> On Wed, Jun 05, 2002 at 01:53:06PM +0200, Ian Collinson wrote:
>
> >
> > Are there any potentially negative consequences of this fix, apart from
> > those already mentioned?
>
> I don't think so.
>
> It could still fail when you install a prio=99, SCHED_FIFO process.
>
> > I certainly vote for this feature being preserved, as it is extremely useful
> > for debugging realtime priority apps. FYI, we narrowed it down to breaking
> > in either 2.4.10-pre11 or pre12.
>
> That was when the low latency console changes went in. Before that console
> switches could interrupt scheduling for a long time, causing problems
> for other realtime people. The change was to move the expensive parts
> of the console switch to keventd.

So that means that, with the above change to prio 99, we
reintroduce the latency problem, only now it is in a task
(keventd) and not an interrupt? (I know, I know, the work
has to be done somewhere. At least this way we can control
what priority level it is done at. I.e. this is a step in
the right direction. I just what folks to be aware of the
latency issue and where it is.)

For what its worth, you can change the priority of keventd
AFTER a system is up. Robert Love's real time tools contain
a program (rt I think) that will do this for you. Just
follow the URL for preemption in my sig. file and look
around.

--
George Anzinger george@mvista.com
High-res-timers:
http://sourceforge.net/projects/high-res-timers/
Real time sched: http://sourceforge.net/projects/rtsched/
Preemption patch:
http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/rml
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