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SubjectRe: 2.5.64-mm6, a new test case for scheduler interactivity problems
At 10:01 PM 3/13/2003 +0000, Charles Baylis wrote:

>Hi all
>
>I've just installed 2.5.64-mm6, and I've tried out the new improved
>scheduler and it's definately not there yet. I can easily cause ogg
>playback to skip (for example) by changing virtual desktop in windowmaker
>to busy konqueror window. X is not reniced (has a nice level of 0)
>
>It's several months since I last ran a 2.4 kernel on this machine, but as I
>remember it did not skip when changing desktops.
>
>My experience suggests that skips occur when more than one interactive task
>starts to become a CPU hog, for example X and konqueror can be idle for
>long periods, and so become interactive, but during an intensive redraw
>they briefly behave as CPU hogs but maintain their interactive bonus this
>means that ogg123 has to wait until the hogs complete their timeslice
>before being scheduled.
>
>My test case tries to reproduce this by creating a number of tasks which
>alternate between being 'interactive' and CPU hogs. On my Celery 333 laptop
>it can sometimes cause skips with only 1 child, and is pretty much
>guaranteed to cause skips with more child tasks.

Greetings,

Nice test case. I don't have sound capability on my linux box, but your
test case makes it fail the window wiggle test horribly. I fiddled with it
a bit, and convinced it to "stop doing that please". Does the attached
(experimental butchery) help your box's sp-sp-speach im-p-p-pediment?

-Mike [unhandled content-type:application/octet-stream]
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