VBox influences applications running on other CPUs

Alexander Boettcher alexander.boettcher at ...1...
Sun Nov 9 14:51:02 CET 2014


On 06.11.2014 14:00, Christian Menard wrote:
> this issue is related to my previous message. My goal is not only to run 
> VBox+Android but also some other secure applications in parallel. Therefore I 
> introduced a small server that multiplexes the Input and Framebuffer session so 
> that it is possible to switch between Android and Nitpicker based on a key 
> stroke. I attached a runscript to illustrate the setup.

Compared to your first setup you dropped in this run script the
assignment of priorities to more critical servers. This is of no good
for services which needs proper (softreal)-time execution, especially,
timer, drivers, graphical server.

> In my setup VBox+Android are executed on one CPU and everything else runs on 
> another CPU. This SMP setup is necessary as otherwise Android stops booting 
> up. Parallel load during startup of Android seems to have some influence and 
> stops execution of the VM, but so far I could not identify the reason. 

Please assign proper priority levels and see if the problem persists.

> To the problem: Not only the performance of Android is very bad, but the whole 
> system feels slow and unresponsive. Applications like liquid_framebuffer are 
> significantly slowed down when VBox is running. This happens also when the VM 
> is actually in a halted state. I find it very strange that VBox running on one 
> CPU has such a strong impact on the performance of Apps running on another 
> CPU. It leaves me wondering if there is something wrong with synchronization 
> or the scheduler itself. Do you have any ideas or hints?

The core services and init are running on the boot CPU. By moving all
critical servers to another CPU (as done in your run script) you get a
lot of cross CPU switching overhead, whenever the services call init or

The better approach is to start VBox on another CPU instead, actually I
doesn't know whether this is already works ...


> All best
> Christian
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