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At 05:18 PM 8/21/2003 -0500, Wes Janzen wrote:


>Mike Galbraith wrote:
>
>>> less I throttled that, the less effective the antistarvation was. However
>>>this is clearly a problem without using up full timeslices. I originally
>>>thought they weren't trying to schedule lots because of the drop in ctx
>>>during starvation but I forgot that rescheduling the same task doesnt count
>>>as a ctx.
>>
>>
>>Hmm. In what way did it hurt interactivity? I know that if you pass the
>>cpu off to non-gui task who's going to use his full 100 ms slice, you'll
>>definitely feel it. (made workaround, will spare delicate tummies;) If
>>you mean that, say X releases the cpu and has only a couple of ms left on
>>it's slice and is alone in it's queue, that preempting it at the end of
>>it's slice after having only had the cpu for such a short time after
>>wakeup hurts, you can qualify the preempt decision with a cpu possession
>>time check.
>
>I wish I could get mm3 running so I could evaluate those interactivity
>statements. I can't imagine it being worse than what I'm experiencing now:
>
>9 0 63968 21992 19672 319056 0 0 0 46 1231 289 87 13
>0 0
>5 0 63968 21096 19704 320020 0 0 0 26 1202 300 86 14 0 0
>14 0 63968 21104 19704 320020 0 0 0 0 1578 385 86 14 0 0
>8 0 63968 20448 20152 320048 0 0 7 41 1189 294 91
>9 0 0
>15 0 63968 19552 20132 321052 0 0 6 76 5926 1330 87 13 0 0
>13 0 63968 18992 20132 321664 0 0 0 31 5464 1266 87 13 0 0
>11 0 63968 18676 20100 321976 0 0 0 65 4613 1008 87 13 0 0
>8 0 63968 18044 20100 322660 0 0 0 14 4643 1132 87 13 0 0
>16 0 63968 17660 20100 323024 0 0 0 20 5273 1272 87 13 0 0
>14 0 63968 12092 20060 328596 0 0 0 24 5110 1221 87 13 0 0
>14 0 63968 11644 20052 329052 0 0 0 68 5264 1285 87 13 0 0
>13 0 63968 11324 19924 329560 0 0 0 34 4473 1125 87 13 0 0
>16 0 63968 10740 19964 329880 0 0 1 74 1494 445 90 10 0 0
>procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system-- ----cpu----
>r b swpd free inact active si so bi bo in cs us sy id wa
>22 0 63968 10452 19968 330300 0 0 1 51 4584 1059 88 12 0 0
>14 0 63968 10004 19940 330736 0 0 0 90 6567 1547 87 13 0 0
>15 0 63968 9188 20048 331472 5 0 10 106 5176 1289 87 13 0 0
>13 0 63968 13932 20016 326824 6 0 6 26 6026 1318 87 13 0 0
>12 0 63968 13412 19984 327324 0 0 0 24 4683 1083 87 13 0 0
>13 1 63968 12700 20012 327956 0 0 16 46 5673 1313 87 13 0 0
>12 0 63968 12252 20084 328296 0 0 6 78 3499 780 88 12 0 0
>18 0 63968 11468 20060 329016 0 0 0 35 5456 1231 87 13 0 0
>13 0 63968 12052 20096 328580 0 0 3 96 4430 988 87 13 0 0
>13 0 63968 5012 19144 336532 0 0 0 62 5672 1225 88 12 0 0
>16 0 63964 6624 17976 336088 0 0 0 297 4808 1041 88 12 0 0
>11 0 63964 5616 17964 337124 0 0 0 69 5219 1094 89 11 0 0
>16 1 63964 6732 15688 338276 13 0 20 155 4984 1156 87 13 0 0
>4 1 63964 7772 12544 340436 13 0 20 11 1070 201 90 10 0 0
>3 1 63964 4364 11560 344840 0 0 86 338 1038 250 92
>8 0 0
>
>
>That would be compiling the kernel, bunzipping a file, and some cron mandb
>thing that was running gzip in the background niced. Plus X and Mozilla,
>which probably starts the problem. At the end there, you see things calm
>down. That's also the way it starts out, then something sets off the
>"priority inversion" and the machine becomes completely worthless. Even
>the task that are running aren't really accomplishing anything. So the
>load goes from around 4/5 into the teens and the context switching makes a
>corresponding jump. And then both interactivity AND throughput fall
>through the floor.
>
>I can't imagine any interactivity regressions that are worse than this
>behavior...
>
>And this happens with just X and Mozilla running. It happens less often
>without X running, but still happens. Even if I'm at a VT, it could take
>5-6 seconds for my text to appear after I type. This happens all the
>time, about once every few minutes and correlates with a simultaneous
>increase in context switches and load.

Those high interrupt counts are all stalls? What kernel is that?



>>> Also I recall that winegames got much better in O10 when everything was
>>>charged at least one jiffy (pre nanosecond timing) suggesting those that
>>>were
>>>waking up for minute amounts of time repeatedly were being penalised; thus
>>>taking out the possibility of the starving task staying high priority for
>>>long.
>>
>>
>>(unsure what you mean here)
>
>Can you set a cutoff point where if the process uses less that X percent
>of the max timeslice, it is penalized? I don't know if it's possible
>to do a loop of empty spins at some point and time it to find out what the
>cut-off point should be...otherwise I imagine it would need to be tuned
>for every processor speed. Could you use the bogomips to gauge the speed
>of the machine and use that to determine the min timeslice?
> From what I understand above, that would perhaps be more selective than
> just penalizing every process and have a positive affect on
> everything...of course I'm open to the possibility that I have it all wrong ;-)
>
>Wes
>

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