Re: [patch 1/4] - Potential performance bottleneck for Linxu TCP

From: Evgeniy Polyakov
Date: Thu Nov 30 2006 - 05:22:38 EST

On Thu, Nov 30, 2006 at 09:07:42PM +1100, Nick Piggin (nickpiggin@xxxxxxxxxxxx) wrote:
> >Doesn't the provided solution is just a in-kernel variant of the
> >SCHED_FIFO set from userspace? Why kernel should be able to mark some
> >users as having higher priority?
> >What if workload of the system is targeted to not the maximum TCP
> >performance, but maximum other-task performance, which will be broken
> >with provided patch.
> David's line of thinking for a solution sounds better to me. This patch
> does not prevent the process from being preempted (for potentially a long
> time), by any means.

It steals timeslices from other processes to complete tcp_recvmsg()
task, and only when it does it for too long, it will be preempted.
Processing backlog queue on behalf of need_resched() will break fairness
too - processing itself can take a lot of time, so process can be
scheduled away in that part too.

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