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SubjectRe: CFS review
Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Al Boldi <> wrote:
> > > Could you try the patch below instead, does this make 3x glxgears
> > > smooth again? (if yes, could you send me your Signed-off-by line as
> > > well.)
> >
> > The task-startup stalling is still there for ~10sec.
> >
> > Can you see the problem on your machine?
> nope (i have no framebuffer setup)

No need for framebuffer. All you need is X using the vesa-driver.
Then start gears like this:

# gears & gears & gears &

Then lay them out side by side to see the periodic stallings for ~10sec.

> - but i can see some chew-max
> latencies that occur when new tasks are started up. I _think_ it's
> probably the same problem as yours.

chew-max is great, but it's too accurate in that it exposes any scheduling
glitches and as such hides the startup glitch within the many glitches it
exposes. For example, it fluctuates all over the place using this:

# for ((i=0;i<9;i++)); do chew-max 60 > /dev/shm/chew$i.log & done

Also, chew-max locks-up when disabling __update_curr, which means that the
workload of chew-max is different from either the ping-startup loop or the
gears. You really should try the gears test by any means, as the problem is
really pronounced there.

> could you try the patch below (which is the combo patch of my current
> queue), ontop of head 50c46637aa? This makes chew-max behave better
> during task mass-startup here.

Still no improvement.



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