On 3/27/07, John <linux.kernel@xxxxxxx> wrote:
I'm runnning 22.214.171.124 patched with -rt8 (and glibc 2.3.6). http://people.redhat.com/mingo/realtime-preempt/older/patch-2.6.20-rt8 I've written a program to highlight a phenomenon I don't understand. This system includes a PCI board that provides data at ~38 Mbit/s. I request data in lumps of 1316 bytes. In other words, a new request should complete every 277 µs. However, if I time stamp each packet as soon as I receive it, I notice that almost exactly every 2 seconds, the packet is received 30-100 microseconds late.
Sounds like periodic SMM traps. There's not much you can do about them other than to avoid such hardware if you have tight RT constraints. The RTAI people have some code to disable SMM but it does not work on all chipsets and may render some of your hardware inoperable. Is this a laptop? They are plagued with SMM problems... Lee - To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-apps" in the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html