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SubjectRe: PERF: performance tests with the split LRU VM in -mm

Rik van Riel <> writes:

> In order to get the performance of the split LRU VM (in -mm) better,
> I have performed several performance tests with the following kernels:
> - 2.6.26 "2.6.26"
> - 2.6.26-rc8-mm1 "-mm"
> - 2.6.26-rc8-mm1 w/ "evict streaming IO cache first" patch "stream"
> Patch at:
> - 2.6.26-rc8-mm1 w/ "fix swapout on sequential IO" patch "noforce"
> Patch at:
> I have run the performance tests on a Dell pe1950 system
> with 2 quad-core CPUs, 16GB of RAM and a hardware RAID 1
> array of 146GB disks.
> The tests are fairly simple, but took a fair amount of time to
> run due to the size of the data set involved (full disk for dd,
> 55GB innodb file for the database tests).
> TEST 1: dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/null bs=1M
> kernel speed swap used
> 2.6.26 111MB/s 500kB
> -mm 110MB/s 59MB (ouch, system noticably slower)
> noforce 111MB/s 128kB
> stream 108MB/s 0 (slight regression, not sure why yet)
> This patch shows that the split LRU VM in -mm has a problem
> with large streaming IOs: the working set gets pushed out of
> memory, which makes doing anything else during the big streaming
> IO kind of painful.
> However, either of the two patches posted fixes that problem,
> though at a slight performance penalty for the "stream" patch.

Btw, my desktop machine runs -mm (+ the patch I have posted later in
this thread) for over a week now and I have not yet encountered any
notable regressions in normal usage patterns.

I have not collected hard numbers but just tried to work normally with

I also employed a massive memory eater (besides emacs and firefox) that
spawns children that eat, serialized, ~120% of RAM each.

Continuing normal work on both kernels was a bit harder, sure, but not

The box never died on me nor did it thrash perceivably harder/longer
near oom than .26. The oom killer was never invoked.


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