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KernelTrap: Anticipatory Scheduler Ready For 2.5

Mar 27, 2003, 11:30 (9 Talkback[s])

"Nick Piggin recently announced on the lkml that he, Jens Axboe and Andrew Morton all are in agreement that the anticipatory scheduler is stable enough for inclusion into Linus' mainline 2.5 development tree. He noted that there are some design issues with the elevator API itself and process I/O statistics, however acknowledging that it's not the right time for a redesign of these interfaces. The scheduler, they say, is ready for some mainline exposure.

"Looking forward, Nick described Jens' current efforts to make the choice of schedulers be configurable at kernel compilation time at least, possibly evolving into a configurable that could be chosen/switched at runtime. Nick's announcement, in hopes of getting the anticipatory scheduler running as the default elevator in the 2.5 tree, included a number of comparison benchmarks with the current deadline scheduler. As we saw earlier, the anticipatory scheduler offers some significant performance boosts, such as noticably minimizing latency. Read on to see the actual results..."

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