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SubjectSLAB vs. SLUB tbench regression (Was: [tbench regression fixes]: digging out smelly deadmen.)
Hi Evgeniy,

On Fri, Oct 10, 2008 at 1:17 AM, Evgeniy Polyakov
<s0mbre@tservice.net.ru> wrote:
> It was reported recently that tbench has a long history of regressions,
> starting at least from 2.6.23 kernel. I verified that in my test
> environment tbench 'lost' more than 100 MB/s from 470 down to 355
> between at least 2.6.24 and 2.6.27. 2.6.26-2.6.27 performance regression
> in my machines is rougly corresponds to 375 down to 355 MB/s.

As you've already pointed out in private and in your blog, some part
of the tbench regression comes from SLUB vs. SLAB as well. Looks like
I can reproduce the regression locally as well:

[ 8 clients and tbench_srv on the same machine on 2-way x86-64 ]

min max avg sd
2.6.28-rc2-slab 234.57 244.88 242.68 0.71
2.6.28-rc2-slub 227.44 240.90 239.08 0.78

Oprofile seems to be busted for 2.6.28-rc2 so I'll follow up on this
as soon as that's settled.

Btw, just as one more data point, I accidentally tested with just 2
clients at first and SLUB actually beat SLAB.

Pekka


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