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On Thu, 5 Jan 2006 12:22 pm, Andi Kleen wrote:
> Arjan van de Ven <arjan@infradead.org> writes:
> > sounds like we need some sort of profiler or benchmarker or at least a
> > tool that helps finding out which timers are regularly firing, with the
> > aim at either grouping them or trying to reduce their disturbance in
> > some form.
>
> I did one some time ago for my own noidletick patch. Can probably dig
> it out again. It just profiled which timers interrupted idle.
>
> Executive summary for my laptop: worst was the keyboard driver (it ran
> some polling driver to work around some hardware bug, but fired very
> often) , followed by the KDE desktop (should be mostly
> fixed now, I complained) and the X server and some random kernel
> drivers.
>
> I haven't checked recently if keyboard has been fixed by now.

I checked with Vojtech some time ago and he said we could change the polling
from HZ/20 to about HZ/5 which I have included in the rolled up dynticks
patch already. Not that 20 HZ is very frequent, but anything that splits up
timer intervals potentially by 20 more adds up.

Cheers,
Con
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