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SIGMETRICS
2003
ACM

Effects of clock resolution on the scheduling of interactive and soft real-time processes

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Effects of clock resolution on the scheduling of interactive and soft real-time processes
It is commonly agreed that scheduling mechanisms in general purpose operating systems do not provide adequate support for modern interactive applications, notably multimedia applications. The common solution to this problem is to devise specialized scheduling mechanisms that take the specific needs of such applications into account. A much simpler alternative is to better tune existing systems. In particular, we show that conventional scheduling algorithms typically only have little and possibly misleading information regarding the CPU usage of processes, because increasing CPU rates have caused the common 100 Hz clock interrupt rate to be coarser than most application time quanta. We therefore conduct an experimental analysis of what happens if this rate is significantly increased. Results indicate that much higher clock interrupt rates are possible with acceptable overheads, and lead to much better information. In addition we show that increasing the clock rate can provide a measu...
Yoav Etsion, Dan Tsafrir, Dror G. Feitelson
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Type Conference
Year 2003
Where SIGMETRICS
Authors Yoav Etsion, Dan Tsafrir, Dror G. Feitelson
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