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SubjectRe: 2.6.0-test2-mm2
* Andrew Morton <akpm@osdl.org> [31-07-2003 14:52]:
>
>
> ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/akpm/patches/2.6/2.6.0-test2/2.6.0-test2-mm2/
>
> . CPU scheduler changes
>
> . Several changes to the synaptics and PS/2 drivers. People who have had
> problems with keyboards and mice, please test and report.
>
> . Lots of other things, mainly bugfixes.

I have noticed that while the system remains responsive when there is
heavy CPU load alone, the unresponsiveness comes when there is heavy disk
i/o. In light of this, I subjected my system to the following tests :

1) Untarred linux-2.6.0-test2.tar.bz2 (To create a stream of writes)
2) did a `find / -name "foobar" -print` as root (To create a stream of reads)
3) bzip2'ed a 30 MB file to 3.2 MB ( this ensures 100 % CPU usage).

All the above were working on the same disk.

As the above three things were going on, I was browsing, playing music
on xmms, reading a pdf file in acrobat and generally switching between
windows.

I did the above test on both 2.6.0-test2-mm1 + O11int + O11.1int ( no
O11.2 int) and on 2.6.0-test2-mm2. I find that mm1 + O11 patches are
better than mm2. The music never skipped on mm1, while it did on
mm2. Also, overall resposiveness of the various windows was better on
mm1.

However, when I did a `rpm --rebuilddb` on mm1 + O11int patches, I
still got quite severe skipping toward the end of the 8 min process. I
could not repeat the skipping again, even on the same kernel, because
I guess there was not much rebuilding to do again..

If there are tools which I can use to produce helpful numbers, please
let me know. I will post the required numbers ASAP.

Also, if you have any other tests which I could perform to create
heavy disk I/O, please let me know about that too.

Regards,

- Apurva
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