Re: Too many xruns

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On 09/07/2012 02:40 AM, Jeremy Jongepier wrote:
On 09/07/12 11:23, Joakim Hernberg wrote:
All soft interrupts run at 50 by default, so they are all "raised" by
default.. Empirical testing on a couple of machines shows that it is
indeed beneficial to raise the priority of associated soft
interrupt threads.

So you suggest to raise the priority of associated soft interrupt
threads higher than the default prio of 50?

What I use with success is (and this is all done by rtirq and jackd if properly configured). All soft interrupts are left alone at their default value of 50 (anything running with SCHED_FIFO or SCHED_RR priority has priority over "normal" SCHED_OTHER scheduled processes - the number does not really matter and the default of 50 is fine[*]). The soundcard related software interrupts are raised so that sound processing takes priority over everything else. All jack SCHED_FIFO threads should run with a priority that is between 50 and the priority of the soundcard related software interrupts. There should be enough "irq priority space" around jack so that jack clients are not below 50 and not above the soundcard software interrupts. Some clients (jconvolver is one) would benefit from additional headroom as they run extra threads right below the priority of the client thread and you probably don't want that to go below 50 (if you keep the default). This assumes you run jackd with -R and the os is set up to allow a normal user to do that and also lock memory down.

I have never had to tweak the hardware interrupts in the BIOS or elsewhere, software interrupts have always been enough.

You might want to make sure that, say, the HDMI sound interface does not have the priority raised if you are not using it.

-- Fernando

[*] some stuff, for example pd, runs some of its extra threads with SCHED_FIFO with low priorities (1 or 2, I think).
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