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Wednesday, April 17 • 9:00am - 10:00am
Finding Hardware Latencies in Your System - Steven Rostedt, Red Hat

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Fast response times is not always just a perk, but also can be a hard requirement. Over the years, Linux response times has improved tremendously. For a hard realtime response, applying the PREEMPT_RT patch can remove unbounded latencies caused by priority inversion and also improve responses by removing most places that disable preemption in the kernel.

But even with the best Real-Time Operating System (RTOS), the system is a slave to the hardware. If the hardware has System Management Interrupts (SMI), the system can halt at anytime, and the OS can do nothing about it. Finding these can be tricky if the hardware does not give you any clue to what it may do.

This talk will discuss ways to discover hardware latencies such as SMIs,using the PREEMPT_RT patch along with the hwlat_detector that comes with it, as well as using ftrace and kernelshark.

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Steven Rostedt

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat Inc
Steven Rostedt works for Red Hat and is the main developer for their Real Time kernel. Steven is the maintainer of the Real-Time stable releases. He works upstream mainly developing and maintaining ftrace (the official tracer of the Linux kernel). He also maintains trace-cmd and kernelshark... Read More →

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