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About This Guide

This chapter includes:

What you'll find in this guide

The Adaptive Partitioning User's Guide will help you set up and use adaptive partitioning to divide system resources in a flexible way between competing processes.

This guide is intended for software developers of individual applications, as well as for developers who are responsible for the overall time or throughput behavior of the entire system. In general, you need to consider the entire system when you set partition budgets, window sizes, and other parameters.

The following table may help you find information quickly in this guide:

For information on: Go to:
Adaptive partitioning in general What is Adaptive Partitioning?
Getting started with the adaptive partitioning scheduler A Quick Introduction to the Adaptive Partitioning Scheduler
How the adaptive partitioning scheduler works Adaptive Partitioning Scheduling Details
Determining how many partitions to have, and what to put in them System Considerations
Setting up and using adaptive partitioning Setting Up and Using the Adaptive Partitioning Scheduler
Checking for and fixing any problems Testing and Debugging
Modifying your buildfile Sample Buildfile
Terminology used in this guide Glossary

Typographical conventions

Throughout this manual, we use certain typographical conventions to distinguish technical terms. In general, the conventions we use conform to those found in IEEE POSIX publications. The following table summarizes our conventions:

Reference Example
Code examples if( stream == NULL )
Command options -lR
Commands make
Environment variables PATH
File and pathnames /dev/null
Function names exit()
Keyboard chords Ctrl-Alt-Delete
Keyboard input something you type
Keyboard keys Enter
Program output login:
Programming constants NULL
Programming data types unsigned short
Programming literals 0xFF, "message string"
Variable names stdin
User-interface components Cancel

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You'll find the Other... menu item under Perspective-->Show View.

We use notes, cautions, and warnings to highlight important messages:

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Caution: Cautions tell you about commands or procedures that may have unwanted or undesirable side effects.

WARNING: Warnings tell you about commands or procedures that could be dangerous to your files, your hardware, or even yourself.

Note to Windows users

In our documentation, we use a forward slash (/) as a delimiter in all pathnames, including those pointing to Windows files.

We also generally follow POSIX/UNIX filesystem conventions.

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