Re: [PATCH] O3int interactivity for 2.5.74-mm2

From: Felipe Alfaro Solana (
Date: Sun Jul 06 2003 - 13:36:50 EST

On Sun, 2003-07-06 at 19:16, Con Kolivas wrote:
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> Attached is an incremental patch against 2.5.74-mm2 with more interactivity
> work. Audio should be quite resistant to skips with this, and it should not
> induce further unfairness.
> Changes:
> The sleep_avg buffer was not needed with the improved semantics in O2int so it
> has been removed entirely as it created regressions in O2int.
> A small change to the idle detection code to only make tasks with enough
> accumulated sleep_avg become idle.
> Minor cleanups and clarified code.
> Other issues:
> Jerky mouse with heavy page rendering in web browsers remains. This is a
> different issue to the audio and will need some more thought.
> The patch is also available for download here:
> Note for those who wish to get smooth X desktop feel now for their own use,
> the granularity patch on that website will do wonders on top of O3int, but a
> different approach will be needed for mainstream consumption.

I'm seeing extreme X starvation with this patch under 2.5.74-mm2 when
starting a CPU hogger:

1. Start a KDE session.
2. Launch a Konsole
3. Launch Konqueror
4. Launch XMMS
5. Make XMMS play an MP3 file
6. On the Konsole terminal, run "while true; do a=2; done"

When the "while..." is run, X starves completely for ~5 seconds (e.g.
the mouse cursor doesn't respond to my input events). After those 5
seconds, the mouse cursor goes jerky for a while (~2 seconds) and then
the system gets responsive.

PS: There are no user processes reniced.

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