Re: [PATCH] set_cpus_allowed() for 2.4

From: Andrew Morton (
Date: Sun Dec 08 2002 - 14:56:42 EST

Ingo Molnar wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Dec 2002, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > I have observed two problems with the new scheduler, both serious IMO:
> >
> > 1) Changed sched_yield() semantics. [...]
> we noticed this OpenOffice/StarOffice problem in July, while beta-testing
> RH 8.0. In July Andrea already had another yield implementation in his
> tree, which was addressing an unrelated yield()-related regression. I'd
> like to note here that StarOffice/OpenOffice sucked just as much under
> Andrea's yield() variant as the original (and 2.5) O(1) scheduler variant
> did.
> So i talked to Andrea, and we agreed in a rough solution that worked
> sufficiently well for OpenOffice and the other regression as well. I
> implemented it and tested it for OpenOffice. You can see (an i suspect
> later incarnation) of that implementation in Andrea's current tree. My
> position back then was that we should not try to move the arguably broken
> 2.4 yield() implementation to 2.5.
> So this is the history of O(1) yield().
> fortunately, things have changed since July, since due to NPTL threading
> the architectural need for user-space yield() has decreased significantly
> (NPTL uses futexes, no yielding anywhere), so the only worry is behavioral
> compatibility with LinuxThreads (and other yield() users). I'll forward
> port the new (well, old) yield() semantics to 2.5 as well, which will be
> quite similar to the yield() implementation in Andrea's tree.
> there's another (this time unique) bit implemented by Andrea, a variant of
> giving newly forked children priority in a more subtle way - i'm testing
> this change currently, to see whether it has any positive effect on
> compilation workloads.
> does this clarify things?

Yes, thanks. Will we also be seeing the "interactivity estimator" fixes
in 2.5?
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