Re: [REPORT] 2.6.21 vs. 2.6.21-sd046 vs. 2.6.21-CFSv7

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Bill Davidsen wrote:
System: Intel 6600 Core2duo, 2GB RAM, X nice 0 for all tests, display using i945G framebuffer
Test: playing a 'toon with mplayer while kernel build -j20 running.

Tuning: not yet, all scheduler parameters were default

Result: base 2.6.21 showed some pauses and after the pause the sound got louder for a short time (<500ms). With sd-0.46 the playback had many glitches and finally just stopped with the display looping on a small number of frames and no sound. The skips were repeatable, the hang was only two of five runs, I didn't let them go until the make finished (todo list) but killed the mplayer after 10-15 sec. No glitches observed with cfsv7, I thought I saw one but repeating with granularity set to 500000 and then with no make running convinced me that it's just a crappy piece of animation at that point.
I ran glxgears, again sd-0.46 had frequent pauses and uneven fps
reported. Stock 2.6.21 had a visible pause when the frame rate was
output, otherwise minimal pauses. CFSv7 appeared smooth at about 250 fps.
All tests gave acceptable typing echo, it seems that X is getting enough
time at that load to echo without major issues.
I will be doing tests with server load later this week, have to add disk
for the database.
Hope this initial report is useful, I may be able to update ctxbench
later today and try that.
Followup: I reran with sd-0.46, setting rr_interval to 40, and then 5 (default was 16). Neither appeared to give a useful video playback. I did try setting the make to nice 10, and that made the playback perfectly smooth, as well as response to skip forward and volume change happening when the key was pressed instead of eventually.
I also tried raising the nice of X to -10, that made things better on
display, but I winder if it will let X run ahead of the nice-0 raid threads.
Is this my hardware or is there a really odd behavior here? The sd seems
to be too fair to cope well with this realistic load, and expecting
users to nice things is probably morally correct but unrealistic.
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