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SubjectRe: The "best" value of HZ
On Fri, 2005-10-28 at 03:31 +0100, Alistair John Strachan wrote:
> On Friday 28 October 2005 00:18, Claudio Scordino wrote:
> > Hi,
> >
> > during the last years there has been a lot of discussion about the
> > "best" value of HZ... On i386 was 100, then became 1000, and finally was
> > set to 250. I'm thinking to do an evaluation of this parameter using
> > different architectures.
> >
> > Has anybody thought to give the possibility to modify the value of HZ at
> > boot time instead of at compile time ? This would allow to easily test
> > different values on different machines and create a table containing the
> > "best" value for each architecture... At this moment, instead, we have to
> > recompile the kernel for each different value :(
> >
> > Do you think there would be much work to do that ?
> > Do you think it would be a desired feature the knowledge of the best value
> > for each architecture with more precision ?
> Google for "dynticks". There's obviously an overhead associated with HZ not
> being a constant (the compiler cannot optimise many expressions), but the
> feature is being worked on nonetheless.

Well Linus had the best idea in that thread (as usual) which was to
implement "dynamic ticks" by leaving HZ a constant, setting it to a high
value, and skipping ticks when idle. Has there been any work in that


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