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SubjectRe: Poor PostgreSQL scaling on Linux 2.6.25-rc5 (vs 2.6.22)

* Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> wrote:

> The latest sched code contains a few patches in this direction
> (.25-rc6), and they seem to have the desired effect on 1 socket single
> and dual core and 8 socket single core and dual core. On quad core we
> seem to have some load balance problems that destroy the workload in
> other interresting ways - looking into that now.

here's a performance comparison between 2.6.21 and -rc6, on a
8-socket/16-core system:

http://redhat.com/~mingo/misc/sysbench-rc6.jpg

[transactions/sec, higher is better]

2.6.21 2.6.25-rc5 2.6.25-rc6
-------------------------------------------------------
1: 383.26 270.47 269.69
2: 741.02 527.67 560.52
4: 1880.79 1049.59 1184.44
8: 3815.59 2901.07 3881.78
16: 8944.81 8993.24 9000.81
32: 8647.19 8568.66 8638.64
64: 8058.10 7624.46 8212.92
128: 6500.06 5804.75 8182.71
256: 5625.27 3656.52 7661.02
[ Postgresql 8.3, default scheduler parameters, sysbench parameters:
--test=oltp --db-driver=psql --max-time=60 --max-requests=0
--oltp-read-only=on. Ask if you need more info about the test. ]

as you can see near and after the saturation point .25 not only has
fixed any regression but rules the picture and is 35%+ faster at 256
clients and shows no breakdown at all at high client counts.

( i also have to observe that while running with 256 clients overload,
the 2.6.25 system was totally serviceable, while 2.6.21 showed bad
lags. )

The "early rampup" phase [less than 25% utilized] is still not as good
as we'd like it to be - our idle balancing force is still a tad too
strong for this workload. (But that is relatively easy to solve in
general and we are working on those bits.)

in any case, we welcome any help from you with these tuning efforts.
It's certainly fun :)

Ingo


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