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From: "Michael Kerrisk" <mtk.manpages@googlemail.com>
To: "Ingo Molnar" <mingo@elte.hu>
Cc: "Arnd Bergmann" <arnd@arndb.de>, "Christoph Hellwig" <hch@lst.de>,
	cbe-oss-dev@ozlabs.org, "Jeremy Kerr" <jk@ozlabs.org>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org
Subject: Re: SCHED_IDLE documentation
Date: Mon, 3 Mar 2008 15:42:24 +0100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <cfd18e0f0803030642m62cec927p80f1250fbe98afc6@mail.gmail.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20080303125227.GA22160@elte.hu>

Ingo,

One more thought while we're in this thread.  In my recent tests I
notice that the magnitude of the effect of nice values has changed
quite a lot in recent times.  For example, back in 2.6.18, two CPU
intensive processes would get the following shares of the CPU over 100
seconds of run time (here, three different examples of nice value
settings):

A nice	B nice	%A	%B
-20	-10	58.3	41.7
-20	  0	89.2	10.8
-20	+19	99.7	 0.3

In 2.6.25-rc2, we have:

A nice	B nice	%A	%B
-20	-10	 90.5	9.5
-20	  0	 99.0	1.0
-20	+19	100.0	0.0

While I realise that nice values are not intended to guarantee any
particular degree of access to the CPU, these wide variations in the
effect of the nice value are surprising.  (For the 2.6.25-rc2 -20/+19
case, my test shows the low priority process is getting 0.000% of the
CPU -- i.e., < one thousandth of a percent.  In other words it is in
effect being totally starved of the CPU.)  Any comments?

Cheers,

Michael

  parent reply	other threads:[~2008-03-03 14:42 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 18+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
     [not found] <1203376368.275756.252634247263.1.gpush@pokey>
     [not found] ` <200803030612.28039.arnd@arndb.de>
     [not found]   ` <20080303051719.GA26102@lst.de>
2008-03-03  6:21     ` Arnd Bergmann
2008-03-03  7:33       ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-03  8:40         ` Michael Kerrisk
2008-03-03  9:24           ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-03  9:31             ` Arnd Bergmann
2008-03-03 10:03               ` Michael Kerrisk
2008-03-03 10:04               ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-03 10:12                 ` Michael Kerrisk
2008-03-03 10:07             ` Michael Kerrisk
2008-03-03 10:17               ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-03 10:20                 ` Michael Kerrisk
2008-03-03 12:31             ` Michael Kerrisk
2008-03-03 12:52               ` Ingo Molnar
2008-03-03 14:06                 ` Michael Kerrisk
2008-03-04 11:11                   ` Peter Zijlstra
2008-03-05 15:19                     ` Michael Kerrisk
2008-03-03 14:42                 ` Michael Kerrisk [this message]
2008-03-05 15:02                   ` Michael Kerrisk

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