Florent Clairambault

Linux prioritization : do more with less

I find the concept of prioritization very interesting. It just enables you to do more with less. Doesn’t that sound great ? Let’s say you want to be able to respond to user requests as fast as possible but update your data in a low priority manner : You can set the process CPU priority from -20 (high priority) to 19 (low priority) by using the command : nice -n <priority> <command> You can set the process IO priority in 4 classes (0: none, 1: realtime, 2: best-effort, 3: idle) with some priorities within these classes (0-7, lower being higher prio).