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SubjectRe: Early SPECWeb99 results on 2.5.33 with TSO on e1000
Martin J. Bligh wrote:
>>Something strange happens to the clients when NAPI is enabled on
>>the Specweb clients. Somehow the start using a lot more CPU.
>>The increased idle time on the server is because the _clients_ are
>>CPU maxed. I have some preliminary oprofile data for the clients,
>>but it appears that this is another case of Specweb code just
>>really sucking.
>
> Hmmm ... if you change something on the server, and all the clients
> go wild, I'm suspicious of whatever you did to the server.

Me too :) All that was changed was adding the new e1000 driver. NAPI was
disabled.

> You need
> to have a lot more data before leaping to the conclusion that it's
> because the specweb client code is crap.

I'll let the profile speak for itself...

oprofile summary:op_time -d

1 0.0000 0.0000 /bin/sleep
2 0.0001 0.0000 /lib/ld-2.2.5.so.dpkg-new (deleted)
2 0.0001 0.0000 /lib/libpthread-0.9.so
2 0.0001 0.0000 /usr/bin/expr
3 0.0001 0.0000 /sbin/init
4 0.0001 0.0000 /lib/libproc.so.2.0.7
12 0.0004 0.0000 /lib/libc-2.2.5.so.dpkg-new (deleted)
17 0.0005 0.0000 /usr/lib/libcrypto.so.0.9.6.dpkg-new (deleted)
20 0.0006 0.0000 /bin/bash
30 0.0010 0.0000 /usr/sbin/sshd
151 0.0048 0.0000 /usr/bin/vmstat
169 0.0054 0.0000 /lib/ld-2.2.5.so
300 0.0095 0.0000 /lib/modules/2.4.18+O1/oprofile/oprofile.o
1115 0.0354 0.0000 /usr/local/bin/oprofiled
3738 0.1186 0.0000 /lib/libnss_files-2.2.5.so
58181 1.8458 0.0000 /lib/modules/2.4.18+O1/kernel/drivers/net/acenic.o
249186 7.9056 0.0000 /home/dave/specweb99/build/client
582281 18.4733 0.0000 /lib/libc-2.2.5.so
2256792 71.5986 0.0000 /usr/src/linux/vmlinux
top of oprofile from the client:
08051b3c 2260 0.948938 check_for_timeliness
08051cfc 2716 1.14041 ascii_cat
08050f24 4547 1.90921 HTTPGetReply
0804f138 4682 1.9659 workload_op
08050890 6111 2.56591 HTTPDoConnect
08049a30 7330 3.07775 SHMmalloc
08052244 7433 3.121 HTParse
08052628 8482 3.56146 HTSACopy
08051d88 10288 4.31977 get_some_line
08052150 13070 5.48788 scan
08051a10 65314 27.4243 assign_port_number
0804bd30 83789 35.1817 LOG
#define LOG(x) do {} while(0)
Voila! 35% more CPU!
Top of Kernel profile:
c022c850 33085 1.46602 number
c0106e59 42693 1.89176 restore_all
c01dfe68 42787 1.89592 sys_socketcall
c01df39c 54185 2.40097 sys_bind
c01de698 62740 2.78005 sockfd_lookup
c01372c8 97886 4.3374 fput
c022c110 125306 5.55239 __generic_copy_to_user
c01373b0 181922 8.06109 fget
c020958c 199054 8.82022 tcp_v4_get_port
c0106e10 199934 8.85921 system_call
c022c158 214014 9.48311 __generic_copy_from_user
c0216ecc 257768 11.4219 inet_bind

"oprofpp -k -dl -i /lib/libc-2.2.5.so"
just gives:
vma samples %-age symbol name linenr info image name
00000000 582281 100 (no symbol) (no location information)
/lib/libc-2.2.5.so
I've never really tried to profile anything but the kernel before. Any ideas?

> Troy - I think your UP clients weren't anywhere near maxed out on
> CPU power, right? Can you take a peek at the clients under NAPI load?

Make sure you wait a minute or two. The client tends to ramp up.

"vmstat 2" after the client has told the master that it is running:
U S I
----------
4 15 81
5 17 79
7 16 77
7 17 76
7 21 72
11 25 64
3 16 82
2 14 84
7 23 70
16 50 34
24 75 0
27 73 0
28 72 0
24 76 0
...
> Dave - did you ever try running 4 specweb clients bound to each of
> the 4 CPUs in an attempt to make the clients scale better? I'm
> suspicious that you're maxing out 4 4-way machines, and Troy's
> 16 UPs are cruising along just fine.

No, but I'm not sure it will do any good. They don't run often enough and
I have the feeling that there are very few cache locality benefits to be had.

--
Dave Hansen
haveblue@us.ibm.com

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