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Thread: Two Years With Linux BFS, The Brain Fuck Scheduler

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    @RealNC

    I dont do benchmarks with my Atom netbook, but without BFS the kde 4.4.5 gui is fast enough. I dont see your problems. Maybe you enable too many effect which i dont use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kano View Post
    @RealNC

    I dont do benchmarks with my Atom netbook, but without BFS the kde 4.4.5 gui is fast enough. I dont see your problems. Maybe you enable too many effect which i dont use.
    With 4.4.5 I also don't see problems with mainline.

    Btw, "fast enough" for me means it shouldn't drop below 50FPS. If it does, it's not acceptable because it's distracting. Also, as a Gentoo user, I want the GUI to continue to be 100% fluid and be able to watch 1080p videos even if I'm compiling in the background with 100% CPU utilization. For me, only BFS delivers here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Saist View Post
    Would someone care to explain how somebody like Con-man Kolivas who goes out of his way to burn bridges and insult players... still manages to get press releases?

    Oh, and RealNC, don't make me step back in here and smack you around some more. Seriously, if all you can come up with is a one liner retort that such and such a kernel version is "insert explicative here" you haven't learned anything over the years.
    I dont know if you read the Con interview? He explained that Linux et al were not to nice.

    So, it seems that Linus has some attitude problems, and that Con got in his way. There are numerous unpleasant stories about Linus and his ego. Maybe you missed them?

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    And please, Kraftman and RealNC, calm down. Your argument does not help anyone.

    Back on topic: I heard that Con's patch helps responsiveness a lot. It seems some people agree on this. In that case, maybe the benchmark should include responiveness somehow? Are there any responsiveness benchmarks out there?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shining Arcanine View Post
    If BFS appears to fix kwin crashes, then that could indicate race conditions in kwin.
    No, he was talking about something else, but it doesn't matter.

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    if these benchmarks prove anything, it is that there isn't really any loss of throughput by using the BFS scheduler. This is actually a very good thing when considering that the scheduler aims at improving the responsiveness of desktops (not throughput), and often when one attempts to improve responsiveness it comes at the the cost of throughput. So logically, this article only proves that there is no downside to BFS, while leaving untested its upside. As someone who has been using BFS for most of its existence, while also usually testing out the mainline CFS with each new kernel release, there is no question that BFS is an improvement over CFS responsiveness. CFS has definately caught up a lot over the past year, but the difference between the two is still noticeable on a desktop.

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    haha I just looked at Cons blog http://ck-hack.blogspot.com/ , and noticed that he had written an entry that basically says what I just did. Well I promise I'm not just regurgitating what he says, it just happens to be the truth

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
    Maybe it's not Jack itself, but the whole audio chain, from the synths up to Jack. Lots of processes involved. With BFS, I can use 64 frames/period, no problem and no audio drops. Total latency of everything combined is well under 6ms. With CFS, it craps out as soon as I actually start playing some synths and CPU load rises. I have to raise latencies up to 15ms to make it work reliably.

    It's really like day and night.
    Why don't you use 3.0.1-rt11? It's much better than BFS...

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    Quote Originally Posted by darkbasic View Post
    Why don't you use 3.0.1-rt11? It's much better than BFS...
    I'm not running a professional studio or a nuclear reactor. Just normal audio applications that don't need RT facilities to the point of overkill. And rebooting to an RT kernel every time I want to work on audio is just a nuisance. I want my Linux desktop to have the same capabilities as Windows and Mac OS X out of the box. Furthermore, there's configuration involved when running apps in RT. In contrast, BFS just works.

    So why should I be using the -rt kernel for audio apps? And it seems there's some agreement on this:

    http://schivmeister.wordpress.com/20...-rt-or-to-bfs/

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    Quote Originally Posted by RealNC View Post
    Why the FUD? BFS recommends 1000Hz, not a million. Please show me where BFS recommends more than that. It's not even freakin' possible to use more than 1000Hz with BFS.

    Ah, you mean the -ck patch, not BFS. You have no clue (again) what BFS is. And even the -ck patch in question even says that more than 1000Hz is only used for some broken software that depend on timer frequency and should not be used without a strong reason because it can break things.

    You're a FUD spreader, kraftman. And the worst part is you know it, but simply don't give a shit.
    Take it easy. I didn't have problems understanding the phrase "millions hz" in the meaning of "a hole lot of hz". I don't think many would have problems doing so either. Like that:

    "The million is sometimes used in the English language as a metaphor for a very large number, as in "Never in a million years" and "You're one in a million", or a hyperbole, as in "I've walked a million miles" and "You've asked the million dollar question"."
    -Wikipedia

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