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Subjectinterrupt latency

I am running and will in near future kernel 2.4.18 on an embedded system.

I have to speed up interrupt latency and need to understand how in what
timing tasklets are called and arbitraded.

I have to dig deep, but the kernel tree is quiet huge. As a non kernel
programmer I ask you, if anyone could give me a hint, where to start reading
from and which kernel source to pick first.

Any help highly appreaciated.
(BTW: I will not bother you personaly with further questions unless you give

What's behind it: We patched NMI and do some stuff we have to do very
regularly in there. After NMI we have to quiet fast start a kernel or even a
user space function with low latency. Also I measured 8 milliseconds after a
hardware interrupt before the corresponding interrupt function is called. At
RTI time it is even longer (around 12 microseconds). Need to find a way to
exactly understand why, and maybe speed up a bit.

Thank You.

HBM - Hottinger Baldwin Messtechnik GmbH
Siegfried Wessler, Dipl.-Ing.
Entwicklung Messverstärker T-V
Im Tiefen See 45, D-64293 Darmstadt
Fon: 06151/803-884, Fax: -524

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