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SubjectRe: [tbench regression fixes]: digging out smelly deadmen.

* Alan Cox <alan@lxorguk.ukuu.org.uk> wrote:

> > The way to get the best possible dbench numbers in CPU-bound dbench
> > runs, you have to throw away the scheduler completely, and do this
> > instead:
> >
> > - first execute all requests of client 1
> > - then execute all requests of client 2
> > ....
> > - execute all requests of client N
>
> Rubbish. [...]

i've actually implemented that about a decade ago: i've tracked down
what makes dbench tick, i've implemented the kernel heuristics for it
to make dbench scale linearly with the number of clients - just to be
shot down by Linus about my utter rubbish approach ;-)

> [...] If you do that you'll not get enough I/O in parallel to
> schedule the disk well (not that most of our I/O schedulers are
> doing the job well, and the vm writeback threads then mess it up and
> the lack of Arjans ioprio fixes then totally screw you) </rant>

the best dbench results come from systems that have enough RAM to
cache the full working set, and a filesystem intelligent enough to not
insert bogus IO serialization cycles (ext3 is not such a filesystem).

The moment there's real IO it becomes harder to analyze but the same
basic behavior remains: the more unfair the IO scheduler, the "better"
dbench results we get.
Ingo


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