Schedulability Analysis of the Linux Push and Pull Scheduler with Arbitrary Processor Affinities

Provided by: Institute of Electrical & Electronic Engineers
Topic: Hardware
Format: PDF
Contemporary multiprocessor real-time operating systems, such as VxWorks, LynxOS, QNX, and real-time variants of Linux, allow a process to have an arbitrary processor affinity, that is, a process may be pinned to an arbitrary subset of the processors in the system. Placing such a hard constraint on process migrations can help to improve cache performance of specific multi-threaded applications, achieve isolation among components, and aid in load-balancing. However, to date, the lack of schedulability analysis for such systems prevents the use of arbitrary processor affinities in predictable hard real-time applications.

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