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What is the difference Between HAVS and SVS?
HAVS changes the voltages used for each frequency, SVS has fixed voltages. HAVS should give
better battery life, SVS should be more stable. Using lower voltages or higher frequencies can make
your phone unstable.
What is the difference between CFS and BFS?
You could write a thesis on this, in fact this is pretty close to a thesis. For those that just want a
little knowledge, both are CPU schedulers, that attempt to schedule multiple processes so they get
an appropriate slice of the CPU resources. CFS outperforms BFS in minimizing process turnaround
time but BFS outperforms CFS for minimizing latency. This indicates that BFS is better for interactive
tasks that block on I/O or user input (like your phone) and CFS is better for batch processing that is
CPU bound. CFS generally seems more stable in . At least one user has found that BFS makes video
playback with Rockplayer (and probably other Video players) jumpy. BFS may also cause occasional
jumps in audio playback.
What is AXI and NOAXI?
The memory throughput is directly proportional to the AXI (internal bus) frequency. For AXI builds,
the AXI freq is coupled with the CPU freq to prevent the memory from being the bottleneck when the
CPU is running at one of its higher frequencies. This will cause an increase in power consumption
when the CPU is running at higher frequencies, but will give a better performance/power ratio
[hugonz]. AXI should further reduce the battery usage when the screen is on. However, 128Mhz IS
INCOMPATIBLE WITH THIS!!!. So if you want to use the AXI patch, use SetCPU and define a
profile that sets the minimum speed to 256Mhz when the screen is on, and sets it back to 128Mhz
when the screen is off. This is NOT necessary with the ManU kernels as it is done automatically by
the kernel. [EViollet]
What is the difference between BFQ, VR, SIO, NOOP and Deadline?
These are I/O schedulers. VR is supposed to be the best for Android see this
What is the difference between SLUB, SLAB, SLOB and SLQB?
These are slab allocators. The slab allocator has been at the core of unix kernels memory
management for many years. This allocator (sitting on top of the low-level page allocator) manages
caches of objects of a specific size, allowing for fast and space-efficient allocations. Kernel hackers
tend not to wander into the slab code because its complex and because, for the most part, it works
quite well. SLQB seems to be favoured by most AOSP kernels. Detailed article here
What are DATA2EXT (D2E) and DATA2WHATEVER (D2W)?
(Thanks to Dani for this)
Moving the whole /data system partition onto the SD card was the original concept
by darkstrumn named data2sd. The first developer (ownhere) who wrote a stable script that moved
/data to the SD card called it data2ext (now dont get confused, there are other versions, but this one
moves it to sd ext partition not the sdcard FAT32 partition). All implementations requires a primary
FAT32, then a primary EXT (and that depends on their script, plus many other factors). But basically
what they want is to move /data into the EXT partition of your card so people will have HUGE Internal
phone memory whatever they choose. Though there are limitations, particularly dont partition EXT more
than 2GB.
Another developer (melethron) decided to make it more flexible in moving the /data structure and
called it DATA2WHATEVER!!! The main difference is that the partition can be EXT2, EXT3, EXT4, BTRFS,
Reiserfs, and it is still evolving right now i dont know where it will end.
The name only implies it can work with any partition, but there are still issues about sdcard speed and
type, and more.
For most of us, We use EXT3 as partition. I tried ext2, ext4, reiserfs, btrfs, and my sdcard is not liking
it. So i stick with EXT3. Its up to you what to use though.
Conclusion: DATA2SD and DATA2EXT are the same thing, and require an EXT3 partition.
DATA2WHATEVER can supposedly use many differents formats for the partition.
Some advice if you are trying the Data2Anywhere experimental version.
Melethron has suggested here to avoid using reboot.
DONT use the reboot of snqs powermenu (or any other reboot app)
DONT use anything in the ROM Manager that makes it reboot.
DONT do adb reboot / abd reboot recovery / adb reboot bootloader
DONT pull the battery while the phone is on (this should be obvious)
DONT remove the sync mount options for the Quadrant boost (this is a fake boost anywa
All of the above are like a powerloss for the sd-card and have a high change of data
From my test with this I give you an estimate what can happen if a powerloss occurs or any of the 5

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points above happen:
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optimised state (and explains why your phone takes longer to boot up after applying a new rom, its
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rebuilding the cache.) Dalvik cache is typically 40+Mb and you can read more on the Dalvik VM
here and here. BTW apparently the author has ancestors from Dalvik, Iceland (or so the story goes).
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corresponding .odex file present, which almost doubles the size of the app. Deodexing means you
convert it back to a .dex file and put it back inside the apk. This allows the programmer to easily replace
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files (not having to worry about odexes), but the main point was to deodex services.jar so that
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programmers can change all text to different colors (such as the clock color to white) and to deodex
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services.jar, you need to deodex everything.
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