kthread realtime priorities and exporting sys_sched_setscheduler()

From: Dean Nelson
Date: Wed Nov 10 2004 - 11:34:00 EST

I'm trying to push XP[C|NET] out to the community. (For further details:
http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-ia64&m=109337050919186&w=2 )

An objection was raised over the exporting and calling of
sys_sched_setscheduler(), which XPC calls to make its kthreads
run at realtime priorities. Without this change we found that it
was possible for user processes to be given a higher effective
priority than the kthreads used by XPC. The upshot of this was
that the latencies incurred by XPC increased 300 times in the
test example given. If XPC's kthreads were given realtime
priorities this did not happen. (For further details:
http://marc.theaimsgroup.com/?l=linux-ia64&m=109337503100067&w=2 )

Note that XPC uses kthreads because it is possible for them to block

So if we are unable to export sys_sched_setscheduler() or setscheduler()
what would you suggest we do to solve this particular problem?

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