1. Computers
  2. Display Drivers
  3. Graphics Cards
  4. Memory
  5. Motherboards
  6. Processors
  7. Software
  8. Storage
  9. Operating Systems


Facebook RSS Twitter Twitter Google Plus


Phoronix Test Suite

OpenBenchmarking.org

Adaptive Tickless Linux Kernel Support Status

Linux Kernel

Published on 18 January 2012 08:11 AM EST
Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Kernel
1 Comment

Back in 2007 (the Linux 2.6.21 days) the mainline Linux kernel received tickless idle support. With the system idling, the timer tick no longer needlessly goes off with the "NOHZ" feature. Being worked on since last year is now adaptive tickless support, which extends the tickless functionality to non-idle cases.

The original adaptive tickless kernel code was published last August, which received a fair amount of feedback and interest. The main developer behind the "adaptive nohz cpusets" is Frederic Weisbecker. He is still working on this code, which has yet to be mainlined, but has provided a status update as of January.

Weisbecker believes this adaptive tickless support will be of great benefit for high-performance computing, as it can optimize throughput by avoiding the overhead of the timer interrupt, and also for real-time uses with less interrupts being generated so a reduction in latency. Read his August announcement for full details about the work as it's a lengthy e-mail and he does a very nice job explaining this implementation's reasons and other details.

In an email sent out just a few hours ago, there is the Status of Nohz cpusets (adaptive tickless kernel) for January 2012. Weisbecker shares that he is still addressing the issues brought up during the last round of reviews on the patch-set, there's been RCU advancements, a split has occurred between the NOHZ and idle logics, and the work has been rebased atop the Linux 3.3 kernel changes.

A TODO list has been posted to his personal web-site, which at the moment has nine items. There's no estimate at the moment for when he may be publishing the second round of patches for review or when he is targeting mainline integration of this work, which now is out until at least the Linux 3.4 kernel.

About The Author
Michael Larabel is the principal author of Phoronix.com and founded the web-site in 2004 with a focus on enriching the Linux hardware experience and being the largest web-site devoted to Linux hardware reviews, particularly for products relevant to Linux gamers and enthusiasts but also commonly reviewing servers/workstations and embedded Linux devices. Michael has written more than 10,000 articles covering the state of Linux hardware support, Linux performance, graphics hardware drivers, and other topics. Michael is also the lead developer of the Phoronix Test Suite, Phoromatic, and OpenBenchmarking.org automated testing software. He can be followed via and or contacted via .
Latest Linux Hardware Reviews
  1. Preview: AMD's FX-9590 Eight-Core At Up To 5.0GHz On Linux
  2. Intel Launches The Core i7 5960X, Mighty Powerful Haswell-E CPUs
  3. AMD Radeon R9 290: Gallium3D vs. Catalyst Drivers
  4. AMD Radeon R9 290 Open-Source Driver Works, But Has A Ways To Go
Latest Linux Articles
  1. How Intel Graphics On Linux Compare To Open-Source AMD/NVIDIA Drivers
  2. The Fastest NVIDIA GPUs For Open-Source Nouveau With Steam Linux Gaming
  3. Testing For The Latest Linux Kernel Power Regression
  4. The Most Energy Efficient Radeon GPU For AMD Linux Gaming
Latest Linux News
  1. Nouveau X.Org Driver Released With DRI3+Present, Maxwell, GLAMOR
  2. Microsoft & AMD Release C++ AMP Compiler With Linux Support
  3. AMD, Wine & Valve Dominated August For Linux Users
  4. Linux 3.17-rc3 Kernel Released Back On Schedule
  5. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  6. Mesa 10.3 RC2 Arrives Via Its New Release Manager
  7. Ubuntu 14.10's Lack Of X.Org Server 1.16 Gets Blamed On AMD
  8. MSI Motherboard BIOS Updating Remains A Pain For Linux Users
  9. See How Your Linux System Performs Against The Latest Intel/AMD CPUs
  10. AMD Steppe Eagle Flys To Coreboot
Latest Forum Discussions
  1. Lennart Poettering Talks Up His New Linux Vision That Involves Btrfs
  2. The dangers of Linux kernel development
  3. Updated and Optimized Ubuntu Free Graphics Drivers
  4. AMD Releases UVD Video Decode Support For R600 GPUs
  5. SSD seems slow
  6. Is laptop with Intel CPU and AMD dGPU worth buying considering especially AMD Enduro?
  7. Radeon HD5670 and Ubuntu 14.04
  8. Btrfs Gets Talked Up, Googler Encourages You To Try Btrfs