Re: 2.2.19pre3 and poor reponse to RT-scheduled processes?

From: Andrea Arcangeli (
Date: Sat Dec 30 2000 - 13:16:39 EST

On Fri, Dec 29, 2000 at 04:54:23PM -0500, Rafal Boni wrote:
> Now my box behaves much more reasonably... I'll just have to beat harder
> on it and see what happens.

Another thing: while writing to disk if you want low latency readers you can

        elvtune -r 1 /dev/hd[abcd]

The 1/2 seconds stalls you see could be just because of applications that waits
I/O synchronously while the elevator is reodering I/O requests (and even if the
elevator wouldn't reorder anything the new requests would go to the end of the
I/O queue so they would have some higher latency anyways). That's normal and if
it's the case to avoid those stalls you can only decrease the I/O load or
increase disk throughput ;). The important thing is that the kernel is
not sitting in a tight kernel loop without reschedule in it during such 2

However 2.2.19pre3aa4 includes also the lowlatency bugfixes in case you have
tons of ram and you're sending huge buffers to syscalls.

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