Re: [ANNOUNCE][RFC] PlugSched-6.4 for 2.6.18-rc2

From: Peter Williams
Date: Tue Jul 25 2006 - 01:50:53 EST

Al Boldi wrote:
Peter Williams wrote:
Al Boldi wrote:
Peter Williams wrote:
This version removes the hard/soft CPU rate caps from the SPA

A patch for 2.6.18-rc2 is available at:

pat ch?download>

Very Brief Documentation:

You can select a default scheduler at kernel build time. If you wish
to boot with a scheduler other than the default it can be selected at
boot time by adding:

Any reason dynsched couldn't be merged with plugsched?
None that I know of (but I'm not familiar with dynsched). Patches to
add it to the mix would be accepted and once in I would try to keep it
in step with kernel changes.

I thought dynsched patches against plugsched, what else is needed?

Hopefully, nothing but it may be necessary to modify the plugsched interface if dynsched can't be implemented against it "as is". E.g. both staircase and nicksched needed changes to what was required for ingosched and the SPA schedulers.

to the boot command line where <scheduler> is one of: ingosched,
ingo_ll, nicksched, staircase, spa_no_frills, spa_ws, spa_svr, spa_ebs
or zaphod. If you don't change the default when you build the kernel
the default scheduler will be ingosched (which is the normal

The scheduler in force on a running system can be determined by the
contents of:

It may be really great, to allow schedulers perPid parent, thus allowing
the stacking of different scheduler semantics. This could aid
flexibility a lot.
I'm don't understand what you mean here. Could you elaborate?

i.e: Boot the kernel with spa_no_frills, then start X with spa_ws.

It's probably not a good idea to have different schedulers managing the same resource. The way to do different scheduling per process is to use the scheduling policy mechanism i.e. SCHED_FIFO, SCHED_RR, etc. (possibly extended) within each scheduler. On the other hand, on an SMP system, having a different scheduler on each run queue (or sub set of queues) might be interesting :-). The schedulers would probably have to have a common idea of how the run queue works though and this would restrict the choice of schedulers.

I have no intentions (at the moment) of going down this path myself.

However, I am thinking about making it possible to switch between the various SPA schedulers on a running system. A extension to this could be to attempt automatic selection of which scheduler to use possibly based on which users are logged in.

Peter Williams pwil3058@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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