From: Ingo Molnar
Date: Wed Aug 26 2009 - 15:33:46 EST

* Christoph Lameter <cl@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Wed, 26 Aug 2009, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > The thing is, you have cut out (and have not replied to) this
> > crutial bit of what Peter wrote:
> >
> > > > The past year or so you've been whining about the tick latency,
> > > > and I've seen exactly _0_ patches from you slimming down the
> > > > work done in there, even though I pointed out some obvious
> > > > things that could be done.
> >
> > ... which pretty much settles the issue as far as i'm concerned.
> > If you were truly interested in a constructive solution to lower
> > latencies in Linux you should have sent patches already for the
> > low hanging fruits Peter pointed out.
> The noise latencies were already reduced in years earlier to the
> mininum (f.e. the work on slab queue cleaning). Certainly more
> could be done there but that misses the point.

Peter suggested various improvements to the timer tick related
latencies _you_ were complaining about earlier this year. Those
latencies sure were not addressed 'years earlier'.

If you are unwilling to reduce the very latencies you apparently
cared and complained about then you dont have much real standing to
complain now.

( If you on the other hand were approaching this issue with
pragmatism and with intellectual honesty, if you were at the end
of a string of patches that gradually improved latencies but
couldnt get them below a certain threshold, and if scheduler
developers couldnt give you any ideas what else to improve, and
_then_ suggested some other solution, you might have a point.
You are far away from being able to claim that. )

Really, it's a straightforward application of Occam's Razor to the
scheduler. We go for the simplest solution first, and try to help
more people first, before going for some specialist hack.

> The point of the OFFLINE scheduler is to completely eliminate the
> OS disturbances by getting rid of *all* OS processing on some
> cpus.
> For some reason scheduler developers seem to be threatened by this
> idea and they go into bizarre lines of arguments to avoid the
> issue. Its simple and doable and the scheduler will still be there
> after we do this.

If you meant to include me in that summary categorization, i dont
feel 'threatened' by any such patches (why would i? They dont seem
to have sharp teeth nor any apparent poison fangs) - i simply concur
with the reasons Peter listed that it is a technically inferior

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