[LAU] XanMod kernel

Robert Jonsson spamatica at gmail.com
Sun Jun 7 13:39:12 CEST 2020

Den sön 7 juni 2020 kl 13:22 skrev rosea.grammostola <
rosea.grammostola at gmail.com>:

> On 6/4/20 3:09 PM, Paul Davis wrote:
> This is wrong. The behavior of a "normal", "low latency" and "preempt-RT"
> kernel are all different, and for realtime audio work, the correct behavior
> is only going to happen with a "preempt-RT" kernel.
> However ...
> The behavior of the normal and "low latency" kernels have changed over the
> years too, and on *some* systems (from a hardware perspective), they will
> function similarly enough to a "preempt-RT" kernel that a realtime audio
> workflow will be just fine. In addition, the "behavior" gap between a
> "preempt-RT" kernel and a normal kernel will be less and less apparent as
> the latency settings (buffer/period size) become more relaxed (i.e. grow
> larger).
> How do you know which systems this is true for? You just have to try it.
> It is a complicated mixture of many different aspects of the hardware.
> There's an overview of the kinds of things that can contribute to the need
> for a "preempt-RT" kernel here:
> https://manual.ardour.org/setting-up-your-system/the-right-computer-system-for-digital-audio/
> Useful information.
> Fwiw, I did my best to optimize a thinkpad t420 laptop for linuxaudio
> using the realtime script from the wiki mostly and the information in the
> Ardour docs.
Hey I got one of those, very good laptop :)

At least I can run Zynaddsubfx with 0.726 msec latency now without xruns
> using a cheap Behringer usb device. ;)
Do you mind sharing a bit more what settings and toolchain this includes?
kernel? distro? Jack? what buffersettings?

On a related note, I tested some more with the standard xanmod-rt-edge
kernel on another laptop (hp something, the troubled one I mentioned
earlier) under kubuntu 20.04 and it does seem this kernel behaves a bit
better than the lowlatency kernel I had before. It is not a night and day

Also, not sure if this is general knowledge, but I've had the feeling
before that disabling graphical login and running X with startx improves
resiliency to xruns, tried it now again and I believe it is still true.
I've got no metrics apart from counting xruns when doing some startup
operations of my rig with 128 frame buffers.


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