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At 12:42 PM 3/6/2003 -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
>Ingo's combo patch is better still - that is sched-2.5.64-a5 and your patch
>combined (yes?). The slight mouse jerkiness is gone and even when doing
>really silly things I cannot make it misbehave at all. I'd handwavingly
>describe both your patch and sched-2.5.64-a5 as 80% solutions, and the combo
Weeeeell, FWIW my box (p3-500/128mb/rage128) disagrees.
I can still barely control the box when a make -j5 bzImage is running under
X/KDE in one terminal and a vmstat (SCHED_RR) in another. I'm not swapping,
though a bit of idle junk does page out. IOW, I think I'm seeing serious
For reference, I used to be able to easily control the same box under X
while swapping moderately at make -j15 (during page aging vm days), and
with a heavily twiddled VM at even -j30 (_way_ overloaded with X oinkers
running). At -j5, gui/icky was quite usable.
With the make -j30 bzImage, heavy load which does _hit_ VM saturation but
not constantly, I see what I can only describe as starvation. vmstat
output for this load is definitely abby-normal, and there's no way
/proc/vmstat should look like the attached. It takes forever to build
enough vm pressure that swap is touched (bad bad bad), and the volume
reached is way low. My hungry little cc1's are not sharing resources the
way they should be (methinks).
With earlier versions of Ingo's patch, I was only able to get memory
pressure up to where it should be by drastically reducing timeslice (at the
expense of turning throughput to crud). Take this with a giant economy
sized grain of salt, but what I _think_ (no, I haven't instrumented it) is
happening is that chunks of the total job are being rescheduled in front of
the rest of the job such that they alloc/use/exit before the other guys can
alloc. (geez that's a nebulous WAG;)
-Mike (please torch me if I'm being stupid;)
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