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SubjectRe: 2.6.5-rc3-mm4
Andrew Morton wrote:
> markw@osdl.org wrote:
>
>>I reran DBT-2 to with ext2 and ext3 (in case you were still interested)
>> on my 4-way Xeon system with 60+ drives:
>> http://developer.osdl.org/markw/fs/dbt2_project_results.html
>>
>> Aside from the from the drop you're already aware of since 2.6.3, it
>> looks like DBT-2 takes another smaller hit after 2.6.5-rc3-mm2. Here's
>> a brief summary from the link above:
>
>
> The profile is interesting:
>
> 3671973 poll_idle 63309.8793
> 77750 __copy_from_user_ll 637.2951
> 64788 generic_unplug_device 487.1278
> 62968 DAC960_LP_InterruptHandler 336.7273
> 53908 finish_task_switch 361.7987
> 52947 __copy_to_user_ll 441.2250
> 29419 dm_table_unplug_all 439.0896
> 25947 __make_request 17.9938
> 18564 dm_table_any_congested 199.6129
> 13785 update_queue 104.4318
> 13498 try_to_wake_up 20.3590
> 12736 __wake_up 114.7387
> 12560 kmem_cache_alloc 163.1169
> 12221 .text.lock.sched 40.7367
>
> - There's a ton of idle time there.
>
> - The CPU scheduler is hurting. Nick and Ingo are patching up a storm to
> fix a similar problem which Jeremy Higdon is observing at 200,000
> IOs/sec. This will get better.

Versus this for 2.6.3:

12825181 poll_idle 221123.8103
219606 schedule 126.7201
194233 __copy_from_user_ll 1541.5317
191707 __copy_to_user_ll 1597.5583
149704 DAC960_LP_InterruptHandler 800.5561
120972 generic_unplug_device 822.9388
87891 __make_request 60.9931
49207 try_to_wake_up 74.5561
42647 do_anonymous_page 65.5100

Which looks like it is taking a lot longer (is it the same test?)
It is difficult to tell how idle each one is due to lack of total
ticks reported, but, copy_to/from_user is 3% the amount of idle
time in 2.6.3, while being 3.5% the amount of idle time in your
profile.

So 2.6.3 could be relatively more idle than -mm.

Do we know what the 2.6.3 regression is caused by? Or is it
likely to be the CPU scheduler?
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