Archive for January, 2008

Inside the Linux scheduler

Posted on January 12, 2008. Filed under: Linux |

The latest version of this all-important kernel component improves scalability

The Linux┬« kernel continues to evolve, incorporating new technologies and gaining in reliability, scalability, and performance. One of the most important features of the 2.6 kernel is a scheduler implemented by Ingo Molnar. This scheduler is dynamic, supports load-balancing, and operates in constant time — O(1). This article explores these attributes of the Linux 2.6 scheduler, and more.

This article reviews the Linux 2.6 task scheduler and its most important attributes. But before diving into the details of the scheduler, let’s understand a scheduler’s basic goals.

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