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SubjectRe: Problem with Asus P4C800-DX and P4 -Northwood-
On Mon, Jul 25, 2005 at 03:10:08PM +0200, Andreas Baer wrote:
(...)
> I have (S-ATA-150 Disk 80GB)
>
> /dev/sda: 50.59 MB/sec
> /dev/sda1: 50.62 MB/sec (Windows FAT32)
> /dev/sda6: 41.63 MB/sec (Linux ReiserFS)
>
> On the Notebook I have at most an ATA-100 Disk with 80GB and it shows the
> same declension.
>
> Here I have
>
> /dev/hda: 26.91 MB/sec
> /dev/hda1: 26.90 MB/sec (Windows FAT32)
> /dev/hda7: 17.89 MB/sec (Linux EXT3)
>
> Could you give me a reason how this is possible?

a reason for what ? the fact that the notebook performs faster than the
desktop while slower on I/O ?

> Vmstat for Notebook P4 3.0 GHz 512 MB RAM:

Your Notebook's P4 has HT enabled (50% apparent idle remain permanently during
operation). But you'll note that your load is 60% system + 40% user there, and
that you do absolutely no I/O (I presume it's the second run and it's cached).

> procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system--
> ----cpu----
> r b swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy
> id wa
> 1 0 0 179620 14812 228832 0 0 33 21 557 184 3 1
> 95 1
> 2 0 0 178828 14812 228832 0 0 0 0 1295 819 6 2
> 92 0
> 1 0 0 175948 14812 228832 0 0 0 0 1090 111 37 17
> 46 0
> 1 0 0 175948 14812 228832 0 0 0 0 1064 101 23 28
> 50 0
> 1 0 0 175948 14812 228832 0 0 0 0 1066 100 20 31
> 49 0
> 1 0 0 175980 14820 228824 0 0 0 48 1066 119 20 30
> 50 0
> 1 0 0 175980 14820 228824 0 0 0 0 1067 86 19 31
> 50 0
> 1 0 0 175988 14820 228824 0 0 0 0 1064 115 20 30
> 50 0

(...)

> Vmstat for Desktop P4 2.4 GHz 1024 MB RAM:

This one's hyperthreaded too (apparent consumption never goes above 50%).
However, while not doing any I/O either, you're always spending only 4% in
user and 96% in system. This means that it might take 10x more time to
complete the same operations, had it been user-cpu bound. And this is about
what you observe.

There clearly is a problem on the system installed on this machine. You should
use strace to see what this machine does all the time, it is absolutely not
expected that the user/system ratios change so much between two nearly
identical systems. So there are system calls which eat all CPU. You may want
to try strace -Tttt on the running process during a few tens of seconds. I
guess you'll immediately find the culprit amongst the syscalls, and it might
give you a clue.

> procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system--
> ----cpu----
> r b swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy
> id wa
> 1 0 0 594688 39340 292228 0 0 52 29 581 484 5 2
> 92 2
> 1 0 0 591208 39340 292228 0 0 0 68 1116 545 15 14
> 71 0
> 1 0 0 591208 39340 292228 0 0 0 0 1090 112 3 48
> 50 0
> 1 0 0 591208 39340 292228 0 0 0 0 1089 124 2 48
> 50 0
> 1 0 0 591208 39340 292228 0 0 0 0 1089 114 3 48
> 50 0
> 1 0 0 591208 39340 292228 0 0 0 0 1090 120 1 49
> 50 0
> 1 0 0 591208 39340 292228 0 0 0 24 1094 138 2 49
> 50 0
> 1 0 0 591256 39340 292228 0 0 0 0 1090 118 2 48
> 50 0

(...)

Regards,
Willy

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