Re: 2.4.7: wtf is "ksoftirqd_CPU0"

From: Daniel Phillips (
Date: Sat Jul 21 2001 - 18:37:02 EST

On Saturday 21 July 2001 18:38, Jeff Garzik wrote:
> "peter k." wrote:
> > i just installed 2.4.7, now a new process called "ksoftirqd_CPU0"
> > is started automatically when booting (by the kernel obviously)?
> > why? what does it do? i didnt find any useful information on it in
> > linuxdoc / linux-kernel archives
> it is used internally, ignore it.

It's pretty hard to ignore a process with a name that ugly ;-)

How about just ksoft0 ? Or kirq0?

I don't see the sense of trying to encode a whole sentence into the
process name.

(Peter, this handles softirqs in a more predictable way by allowing the
scheduler to take care of any softirq that can't conveniently be
executed immediately. Among other benefits, this approach eliminated
the need to check for and execute pending softirqs on exit from system

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