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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE] RSDL completely fair starvation free interactive cpu scheduler
On Sunday 04 March 2007, Willy Tarreau wrote:
>On Mon, Mar 05, 2007 at 08:49:29AM +1100, Con Kolivas wrote:
>> > That's just what it did, but when you "nice make -j4", things
>> > (gears) start to stutter. Is that due to the staircase?
>> gears isn't an interactive task. Apart from using it as a background
>> load to check for starvation because it loads up the cpu fully (which
>> a gpu intensive but otherwise simple app like this should _not_ do)
>> graphics card drivers and interrupts and so on, I wouldn't put much
>> credence on gears as anything else. However I suspect that gears will
>> still get a fair share of the cpu on RSDL which almost never happens
>> on any other scheduler.
>I've now given it a try with HZ=250 on my dual-athlon. It works
> beautifully. I also quickly checked that playing mp3 doesn't skip
> during make -j4, and that gears runs fairly smoothly, since those are
> the references people often use.
>But with real work, it's excellent too. When I saturate my CPUs by
> injecting HTTP traffic on haproxy, the load is stable and the command
> line perfectly responsive, while in the past the load would oscillate
> and the command line sometimes stopped to respond for a few seconds.
>I've also launched my scheddos program (you may remember, the one we did
> a few experiments with). I could not cause any freeze at all. Plain
> 2.6.20 had already improved a lot in this area, but above 4
> processes/CPU, occasional short freezes did still occur. This time,
> even at 100 processes, the system was rather slow (of course!) but just
> as expected, and nothing more.
>I also tried the good old "dd if=/dev/zero bs=1|...|dd bs=1
> of=/dev/null" and it did not cause any trouble.
>I will boot 2.6 slightly more often to test the code under various
> conditions, and I will recommend it to a few people I know who tend to
> switch back to 2.4 after one day full of 2.6 jerkiness.
>Overall, you have done a great job !
>I hope that more people will give it a try, first to help find possible
>remaining bugs, and to pronounce in favour of its inclusion in mainline.
+1 for mainline, this is a HUGE improvement in usability. End of
discussion AFAIK.
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