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KernelTrap: 2.6.21-rc1, Dynticks Merged

Feb 22, 2007, 15:15 (0 Talkback[s])

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"Linus Torvalds announced the first release candidate for the upcoming 2.6.21 kernel, ending the two-week merge window, 'there's a lot of changes, as is usual for an -rc1 thing, but at least so far it would seem that 2.6.20 has been a good base, and I don't think we have anything *really* scary here.' Linus noted that the tickless kernel patch was finally merged into the mainline kernel, 'the most interesting core change may be the dyntick/nohz one, where timer ticks will only happen when needed. It's been brewing for a _loong_ time, but it's in the standard kernel now as an option.' Thomas Gleixner explained a year ago how this could result in cooler CPUs and power savings, 'the tickless kernel feature (CONFIG_NO_HZ) enables 'on-demand' timer interrupts: if there is no timer to be expired for say 1.5 seconds when the system goes idle, then the system will stay totally idle for 1.5 seconds...'"

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