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    SubjectRe: all syscalls initially taking 4usec on a P4? Re: nonblocking UDPv4 recvfrom() taking 4usec @ 3GHz?
    On Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 06:02:32PM +0100, bert hubert (bert.hubert@netherlabs.nl) wrote:
    > On Tue, Feb 20, 2007 at 07:41:25PM +0300, Evgeniy Polyakov wrote:
    >
    > > It can be recvfrom only problem - syscall overhead on my p4 (core duo,
    > > debian testing) is bout 300 usec - to test I ran read('dev/zero', &data,
    > > 0) in a loop.
    >
    > nsec I assume?

    Yes, sure - mistyped - it is about 300 nanoseconds (280-290 or so).

    > The usec numbers for read(fd, &c, 0) where fd is /dev/zero:
    > 1.557667, 0.627667, 0.447333, 0.440000, 0.440000, 0.440000, 0.442333,
    > 0.440000, 0.440000, 0.442333, 0.442333, 0.440000, 0.440000, 0.442333,
    > 0.442667, 0.440000, 0.440000, 0.440000, 0.442333, 0.442667,
    >
    > In usecs. Notice the same declining figure, but not as pronounced. With a
    > sleep(1) in between, we get:
    > 1.692667, 1.800000, 0.782667, 1.282667, 0.665000, 0.980000, 0.925000,
    > 0.887667, 0.662667, 0.862667, 1.077333, 1.442333, 0.660000, 1.890000,
    > 0.672333, 0.795000, 0.647667, 0.692333, 0.750000, 0.865000,
    >
    > This doesn't look all that unhealthy.
    >
    > > Could you try to hack recvfrom() for your socket to always copy some
    > > empty buffer and check the results without waiting for packet?
    >
    > That might be out of my reach before tomorrow :-)

    I would try it today - but it is a bit late in Moscow already - and
    there are some things to complete yet. So, tomorrow I will create a patch
    and run it, but I seriously doubt that there is _that_ high per-recvfrom
    latency.

    > > If you are not hurry I can test it myself tomorrow.
    >
    > Thanks. My major problem is that in my measurements, I quite often see the
    > 'worst case' 4usec result. It would not be a problem if it happens only
    > once, of course.

    Depending on how frequent is 'quite often' - if it ever changes the
    distribution picture, then there is some problem.

    > Bert

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    Evgeniy Polyakov
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