Re: [LAU] OnDemand-performance was(OT: klang)

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Date: Sunday, August 5, 2012 - 2:13 pm

On Sun, 5 Aug 2012, Ralf Mardorf wrote:

> On Thu, 2012-08-02 at 09:51 -0400, Brett McCoy wrote:

stuff consuming power in my studio as it is, I doubt Jack is going to
make that much of an impact on it. :-)
elCheapo tool resulted in nearly no difference for my dual-core 2.1GHz
set to performance and ondemand.

If you are changing the governor setting in Ubuntu (12.04 anyway), be
aware that OnDemand gets set 60 seconds after login. I assume the delay is
to allow a speedier login... but the governor has already been set by
that time anyway. At least cpufreq-info shows ondemand right after login.

The page
suggests setting performance in /etc/rc.local but this results in
performance when I first login and then it jumps back to ondemand. On the
same page there is another suggestion to use: /etc/init.d/ondemand stop
which doesn't work either as the stop command does nothing. However: sudo
update-rc.d ondemand disable
does get rid of the 60 second reset for ondemand and then setting
performance in /etc/rc.local will work.

I don't know that this is the best solution. I have had no problems
running at full speed even over night in my cheap atom based netbook, but
I have heard of some laptops that have heat problems even in ondemand (or
windows) if they are pushing it too hard. The fan on my netbook is noisier
too. The idea of running at a lower constant speed would help. I seem to
be able to do quite well at even 800Mhz and have a quiet machine.

I have another idea... I make use of the system runlevels. Ubuntu only
uses runlevels 0,1,2 and 6. I think most distros don't use all the
runlevels, last time I was running Slackware I think they used RL3 as
well. Anyway I use RL3 for audio. RL3 is very quiet, I shut off:
- cron and friends (this gets rid of auto updates and log rolling for
- mysql and other daemons I don't need (netmanger is a good candidate to
if you are not using netjack)
- my wireless kernel module (ath9k) which gives me xrun/minute when
running and xrun/5sec with netmanger turned off...
- some people would find this a good way to shut off pulse as well. (if
they need it installed... for recording skype calls for podcasting for

And I set cpufreq to performance.

I set up a bash script that has to be run as root to change runlevel to
either 2 or 3 and have added it to policy kit so it can be run with
pkexec without a password screen. (same way as we already can set
runlevel 0 and 6) This can be run as part of the jackd startup or, I have
an icon in systray for one click use.

It would be easy to set RL 3,4 and 5 to be three different cpu speeds
depending on need.


Len Ovens

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Re: [LAU] OnDemand-performance was(OT: klang), Len Ovens, (Sun Aug 5, 2:13 pm)
Re: [LAU] OnDemand-performance was(OT: klang), Jeremy Jongepier, (Sun Aug 5, 6:43 pm)
Re: [LAU] OnDemand-performance was(OT: klang), Ralf Mardorf, (Sun Aug 5, 3:01 pm)