> Just do something that causes a lot of interrupts that go through the
> random harvester.  E.g.:
>     dd if=/dev/ad0 of=/dev/null
> causes 7750 interrupts/sec here (on a Celeron 366 overclocked to
> 522).  The random task takes 100% of the available cpu cycles.  This
> slows down cpu-bound processes by a factor of about 3.5.  With a block
> size of 64k instead of the default of 512, this causes only 300
> interrupts/sec.  The random task takes a measly 27% of the cpu to
> process these.  It can apparently only handle about 10 interrupts/second
> with a reasonable overhead (1%).

OK. Try tweaking the "Computational intensity factor" ;-) by dropping
the kern.random.yarrow.bins:

# sysctl -w kern.random.yarrow.bins=2

And let me know how well that works.

Mark Murray
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