Preemptive RT on Jessie or Stretch?

07 Jul 2018 13:38 #113667 by tommylight
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07 Jul 2018 14:33 #113670 by AnnoyingMutt
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07 Jul 2018 22:41 - 07 Jul 2018 22:42 #113732 by andypugh

bymccoy wrote: So, since last asking in May, has anybody else gotten Jessie/Stretch working?

Yes, by the simple expedient of using the LinuxCNC Stretch live-DVD.
Last edit: 07 Jul 2018 22:42 by andypugh.
28 Aug 2018 15:18 #116713 by twoflowers
I tried the linked isos. While they work, it's not an enlightment. The latency figures of the 4.9 RTPREMPT kernel are plain horrible compared to the RTAI kernel (about 5 to 10 times higher).

I alsotried upgrading from wheeze->jessie->ascii/stretch. This works, but the RTPREEMT kernel ... Anyhow, now I run devuan ascii on the wheezy kernel. While axis from wheezy works on jessie, it fails on ascii/stretch. gmoccapy works, but I need axis :/
28 Aug 2018 15:36 #116714 by PCW
What hardware do you have? recent Preempt-RT kernels can have very good latency figures on the right hardware:
28 Aug 2018 15:50 #116717 by twoflowers
I ran this on T60/T61 C2D, one with ATI and the other with Intel GPU. Latency on RTAI is ~ 5.000ns, on RTPREEMT ~ 70.000ns. I get the same figures on my old Desktop (gigabyte+xenon). What is more troubling on the Intel boards: I cannot turn off SMI any more. This gives additional 450.000ns peaks every now and then. I would not see this as a problem if that very same hardware would not have worked before.
28 Aug 2018 16:23 - 28 Aug 2018 16:27 #116721 by PCW
Heres a recent Preempt-RT running on a C2D desktop
(10 glxgears +running youtube videos)

Not sure what the SMI issue is...
SMI seems to not be used at all on modern desktops (I've never needed to use a SMI workaround on intel CPUs)
Last edit: 28 Aug 2018 16:27 by PCW.
28 Aug 2018 22:28 - 28 Aug 2018 22:29 #116745 by twoflowers
Ok, these are my figures: Testsubject is my T61 with intel gpu. I booted the official 2.7 linuxcnc dvd, this is the latency out of the box:

This is the same computer, this time I booted the strech dvd from your link (amd64) - no glxgears this time, running those does not change the numbers:

Last edit: 28 Aug 2018 22:29 by twoflowers.
28 Aug 2018 23:42 - 28 Aug 2018 23:44 #116750 by PCW
Well its not so good on RTAI either (512 usec)

That does look pretty terrible though possibly your CPU cannot run a 40 KHz thread with Preempt-RT so everything is broken

(trying with servo thread only would show if this were the case)
Last edit: 28 Aug 2018 23:44 by PCW. Reason: Minimum time doesnt mean that due to the way its calculated
29 Aug 2018 06:52 - 29 Aug 2018 07:04 #116763 by twoflowers
Oh, these spikes are from SMI and go away when I disable SMI with smictrl. As it's not included in the DVD, I didn't bother.

This is from a X200

So, what hardware is needed for Rreempt-RT? Are all CPUs alder than 10 years out of the game?
Last edit: 29 Aug 2018 07:04 by twoflowers.
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