Re: 2.5.74-mm1

From: Daniel Phillips (
Date: Tue Jul 08 2003 - 06:09:30 EST

On Tuesday 08 July 2003 09:48, Davide Libenzi wrote:
> On Tue, 8 Jul 2003, Daniel Phillips wrote:
> > 4. So how do you propose to "program timings" so that it's really hard to
> > miss those deadlines?
> Having a backup of 400-500ms gives you an average hang-over of 200-250ms
> that are hardly noticeable by a human in this topic. The issue is not if
> you always meet the deadline, the issue is what amount of load will make
> you miss it.

With realtime scheduling, you will make the deadline regardless of load (and
there is the normal fudge when you add the word "soft"). You're arguing that
having your sound skip, so long as it only skips under load, is good enough.
I'm arguing that, no, that sucks too much, it should never skip. I'll also
argue that even on 2.4, sound skips under normal loads if your machine isn't
very fast.

So let's fix this properly, instead of wrapping on more duct tape.

Now, I will not argue that -nice+mingo+con is a proper realtime approach, but
I will argue that it's considerably better than just fiddling with buffer
size and hoping for the best.

> If I have to hire five ppl clicking and dragging on my desktop
> to make my player to skip, and it skips, I don't care if it missed the
> deadline. This because my desktop will hardly see that load. But if you
> have a 50-100ms backup, things turns out to be a little bit different.
> If you pretend to run a `make -jUNREAL` and still have the audio not
> skipping it is simply wrong. Running a `make -j20` in my machine shows an
> average of 24 TASK_RUNNING tasks, that even if they're granted with a mere
> 40ms timeslice, it'll take a full second before an expired task will see
> the light again. BTW, under such load RealPlayer skips badly, but I don't
> really care since it never did while I was doing all the normal (and many
> extra) stuff I'm doing on my desktop.

I'm running make -j30 now, with the arrangement I described and sound is not
skipping. Convinced?



To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at

This archive was generated by hypermail 2b29 : Tue Jul 15 2003 - 22:00:27 EST