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SubjectRe: ide-cs using 100% CPU
Hamie wrote:
> Alan Cox wrote:
>> On Gwe, 2004-08-06 at 20:33, Hamie wrote:
>>> Is 100% CPU not excessive? IIRC my PIII-750 used to use less CPU
>>> doing the same job as quick, or even slightly faster...
>> PCMCIA IDE is PIO only so it burns CPU. This is one case where
>> hyperthreading is nice. Cardbus IDE is a lot better but very little
>> exists and we don't currently support hotplug IDE controllers.
> Ah right. But would a CF memory card be cardbus anyway?

I've never seen a CF card that supported DMA (and I've worked with
several brands). Compact Flash cards have several modes of operation and
only one of this modes is "IDE-compatible".

>>> And should it not use system CPU rather than user CPU?
>> Yes - but figure out please if the kernel or userspace is getting that
>> wrong ;)
> My apologies. It was gkrellm leading me up the garden path on that
> one... Copying about 100MB from a 512MB CF card (25+ photos from my
> camera) vmstat 5 reports 4% usercpu, 96% system cpu. And the response on
> the system is sluggish to say the least. (Moving the pointer in X is
> painful :). gkrell meanwhile on it's cpu graph shows about 30% system,
> and the rest as userCPU. No idea why, I guess till I find out I'll just
> regard gkrellm's cpu graph as a waste of space (To differentiate system
> & user cpu anyway :).

I think this is more of a scheduler/priorities problem. Maybe all the
work that is being done with staircase / low-latency will help you on
this :)

Paulo Marques -
"In a world without walls and fences who needs windows and gates?"
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