Re: [Announce] [patch] Modular Scheduler Core and Completely Fair Scheduler [CFS]

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* Andrew Morton <[email protected]> wrote:
>> Yes, there are potential compatibility problems.  Example: a machine 
>> with 100 busy httpd processes and suddenly a big gzip starts up from 
>> console or cron.

On Thu, Apr 19, 2007 at 08:38:10AM +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> hmmmm. How about the following then: default to nice -10 for all 
> (SCHED_NORMAL) kernel threads and all root-owned tasks. Root _is_ 
> special: root already has disk space reserved to it, root has special 
> memory allocation allowances, etc. I dont see a reason why we couldnt by 
> default make all root tasks have nice -10. This would be instantly loved 
> by sysadmins i suspect ;-)
> (distros that go the extra mile of making Xorg run under non-root could 
> also go another extra one foot to renice that X server to -10.)

I'd further recommend making priority levels accessible to kernel threads
that are not otherwise accessible to processes, both above and below
user-available priority levels. Basically, if you can get SCHED_RR and
SCHED_FIFO to coexist as "intimate scheduler classes," then a SCHED_KERN
scheduler class can coexist with SCHED_OTHER in like fashion, but with
availability of higher and lower priorities than any userspace process
is allowed, and potentially some differing scheduling semantics. In such
a manner nonessential background processing intended not to ever disturb
userspace can be given priorities appropriate to it (perhaps even con's
SCHED_IDLEPRIO would make sense), and other, urgent processing can be
given priority over userspace altogether.

I believe root's default priority can be adjusted in userspace as
things now stand somewhere in /etc/ but I'm not sure of the specifics.
Word is somewhere in /etc/security/limits.conf

-- wli
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