Gilles Chanteperdrix wrote:
Philippe Gerum wrote:
 > Jan Kiszka wrote:
 > > Hi,
> > > > this is an experimental hack to open the non-rt priority levels of Linux
 > > to Xenomai shadow threads, i.e. allow shadows to be scheduled under
 > > SCHED_NORMAL when in secondary mode. The scenario are typical borderline
 > > threads between RT and non-RT: they share a critical code path with RT
 > > threads, maybe mutex protected, but they are mostly time-sharing threads
 > > which do not need SCHED_FIFO for this.
> > > > The patch (be careful, quick-hack!) addresses the prio level 0 in the
 > > ipipe patch, the nucleus/shadow subsystem, and the native skin. A quick
 > > test with the attached demo showed the expected behaviour so far: no
 > > lock-up during busy-waiting in secondary mode, prio-boost when holding
 > > the lock (visible via /proc/xenomai/sched), no obvious side effects.
> > > > Any comments? Does this break other things in a subtle way? > > An initial comment on the general usage of this extension: since the > threads running in SCHED_OTHER/SCHED_NORMAL mode are expected to run > non-RT workloads while still being able to use the RT infrastructure for > communicating with the rest of the RT system, I think that the best > places for creating such hybrids are in the rt_task_shadow (native skin) > and pthread_setschedparam (POSIX skin) calls, which would make it clear > that a regular Linux thread is involved [and as such needs to be created > by a normal call to pthread_create()], which also happens to benefit > from the RT infrastructure mainly for communication/sychronization purpose.


What about keeping SCHED_RR as the default scheduling policy and
requiring users to manually select SCHED_NORMAL in thread creation
attributes in order to create hybrid threads with pthread_create ?


No objection a priori, but what would this buy us?

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Philippe.

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