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SubjectRe: [patch] voluntary-preempt-2.6.8-rc3-O5
On Wed, 11 Aug 2004 14:43:42 +0200
Ingo Molnar <> wrote:

> * Florian Schmidt <> wrote:
> > > i'm currently running a loop of mlockall-test 100MB on a 466 MHz
> > > Celeron, and not a single blip on the radar with a 1000 usecs
> > > threshold, after 1 hour of runtime ...
> >
> > I suppose you're not using jackd. As i have noticed that these
> > critical sections only get reported when jackd is running. It seems
> > jackd is producing a certain kind of load which exposes them..
> so you can only trigger the latencies via mlockall-test if jackd is
> also running?

Yes. I can happily mlockall 500 megs of ram when jackd is not running
and i do not get any preempt-timing reports.. As soon as jackd is
running even mlockall'ing only 20megs triggers a preempt-timing report
and also a alsa xrun report. Hmm, let me try turning off xrun_debug
traces while leaving preempt timing reports enabled...

Ok, when xrun_debug traces are disabled [but preempt timing is on].
mlocking 20 megs of memory triggers an xrun [now only reported by jackd
in it's stdout, not in syslog] but not a preempt timing report. Lee, can
you verify?

So it seems that the xrun_debug reports from the alsa interface jackd is
using triggers the preempt timing reports. So these are really

So i'm asking myself: How can jackd experience an xrun, when there's no
preempt-timing report showing a kernel latency. Jackd is running
SCHED_FIFO, so the mlockall_test program should not take away the cpu
from jackd. Is mlockall() special in another way? Sorry, i know too
little about the kernel internals to ask the right question. Maybe the
alsa driver is reacting to the mlockall_test..

Another piece of info which might be valuable (i cannot judge this): I
use jackd and mlockall not as root, but as normal user utilizing the
realtime lsm which allows non root users to mlock, mlockall and change
the scheduling class (via sched_setsched()?). I'll try runnign jackd and
the mlockall_test as root to see if the results differ..

> Or do the latencies only trigger in jackd (and related
> programs)?

Sorry, i don't understand that question..

> if the later, then i'm wondering whether any of the audio code turns
> off caching for specific pages or does DMA to user pages, or mmap()s
> device(PCI) memory?


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