CONFIG_NO_HZ causing poor console responsiveness

Benjamin Herrenschmidt benh at
Fri Jul 2 15:47:24 EST 2010

On Tue, 2010-06-29 at 14:54 -0500, Timur Tabi wrote:
> I'm adding support for a new e500-based board (the P1022DS), and in
> the process I've discovered that enabling CONFIG_NO_HZ (Tickless
> System / Dynamic Ticks) causes significant responsiveness problems on
> the serial console.  When I type on the console, I see delays of up to
> a half-second for almost every character.  It acts as if there's a
> background process eating all the CPU.
> I don't have time to debug this thoroughly at the moment.  The problem
> occurs in the latest kernel, but it appears not to occur in 2.6.32.
> Has anyone else seen anything like this?

I noticed that on the bimini with 2.6.35-rc* though I didn't get to
track it down yet.


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