Re: Attempted summary of "RT patch acceptance" thread
From: Paul E. McKenney
Date: Fri Jun 10 2005 - 18:22:47 EST
On Fri, Jun 10, 2005 at 04:45:38PM -0400, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Fri, 2005-06-10 at 19:37 +0200, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> > You don't need to add it to the document, but as a further pratical
> > example of troublesome hardware besides VGA (could be a software issue
> > and not hardware issue though)
> The VGA problems were due to (X, not kernel!) driver bugs. Recent
> versions of X are thought to be OK.
> It's the exact same issue described in this paper, scroll down to
> section 4.5.
> There's absolutely nothing the kernel or PREEMPT_RT can do about this,
> AFAICT even RTAI would be affected, because X lets userspace drivers
> talk directly to the hardware including wedging the PCI bus.
I suppose that Eric Piel's approach would avoid this problem if
implemented on a NUMA machine with all processes making use of video
being affinitied to the NUMA node containing the video card. ;-)
Sounds like I need to add "antisocial hardware" to the list of
things that need to be inspected to validate realtime latencies.
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