Bug 46578 - Xorg client scheduling has bad defaults (/algorithm)
Summary: Xorg client scheduling has bad defaults (/algorithm)
Alias: None
Product: xorg
Classification: Unclassified
Component: Server/General (show other bugs)
Version: git
Hardware: All Linux (All)
: medium normal
Assignee: Adam Jackson
QA Contact: Xorg Project Team
Depends on:
Reported: 2012-02-24 08:59 UTC by Lauri Kasanen
Modified: 2014-03-27 17:42 UTC (History)
1 user (show)

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Description Lauri Kasanen 2012-02-24 08:59:53 UTC
Adding a bug so this doesn't get lost. For the background see:

In short, the server ignores a client even if it has time to respond to it. This causes delays of up to 30ms to the ignored client, which is stuck in a call such as xquerypointer.
Comment 1 Alan Coopersmith 2013-10-19 04:47:59 UTC
Archives got rebuilt/renumbered so the old link is invalid.
New link seems to be:
Comment 2 Chris Wilson 2013-10-19 09:09:59 UTC
Also relevant: http://lists.x.org/archives/xorg-devel/2013-October/038135.html
Comment 3 Adam Jackson 2014-03-27 17:42:28 UTC
This is mostly fixed now, by:

commit c1ce807d9f18f215332d7eeb844e8c640f71c53c
Author: Keith Packard <keithp@keithp.com>
Date:   Wed Jan 22 11:01:59 2014 -0800

    dix: Praise clients which haven't run for a while, rather than idle clients

commit b61ccd5d9d368f3fbbae27ce14ac02a3db1884c4
Author: Adam Jackson <ajax@redhat.com>
Date:   Tue Nov 5 10:20:04 2013 -0500

    smartsched: Tweak the default scheduler intervals

We will now select() afresh every time we switch clients, and rely on the scheduler scores to pick the most-deserving client each time through.  It's _possible_ that we should instead try to drain every ready fd every time we call select(), but I'm not totally convinced, and it would require a lot of algorithmic changes to our main loop to maintain both fairness and responsiveness.  If we were a webserver it might make sense to maximize throughput like that, but probably we should consider select() cheap enough that we can just rely on the scheduler scores.

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