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Automatic User Interaction Detection and Scheduling with RSIO

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Department of Computer Science, Columbia University
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  • Computer Science
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  • Computer Science

Abstract

Response time is one of the most important factors for the overall usability of a computer system. We present RSIO, a processor scheduling framework for improving the response time of latency-sensitive applications by monitoring accesses to I/O channels and inferring when user interactions occur. RSIO provides a general mechanism for all user interactions, including direct interactions via local HCI devices such as mouse and keyboard, indirect interactions through middleware, and remote interactions through networks. It automatically and dynamically identifies processes involved in a user interaction and boosts their priorities at the time the interaction occurs to improve system response time. RSIO detects processes that directly handle a user interaction as well as those indirectly involved in processing the interaction, automatically accounting for dependencies and boosting their priorities accordingly. RSIO works with existing schedulers, processes that may mix interactive and batch activities, and requires no application modifications to identify periods of latency-sensitive application activity. We have implemented RSIO in Linux and measured its effectiveness on microbenchmarks and real applications. Our results show that RSIO is easy to use and can provide substantial improvements in system performance for latency-sensitive applications.

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