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SubjectRe: hackbench [pthread mode] regression with 2.6.29-rc3

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

> On Sun, 2009-02-01 at 10:17 +0100, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Sun, 2009-02-01 at 16:29 +0800, Lin Ming wrote:
> > > > Bisect located below patch.
> > > > commit 490dea45d00f01847ebebd007685d564aaf2cd98
> > > > Author: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org>
> > > > Date: Mon Nov 24 17:06:57 2008 +0100
> > > >
> > > > itimers: remove the per-cpu-ish-ness
> > > >
> > > > Either we bounce once cacheline per cpu per tick, yielding n^2 bounces
> > > > or we just bounce a single..
> > > >
> > > > Also, using per-cpu allocations for the thread-groups complicates the
> > > > per-cpu allocator in that its currently aimed to be a fixed sized
> > > > allocator and the only possible extention to that would be vmap based,
> > > > which is seriously constrained on 32 bit archs.
> > > >
> > > >
> > > > After above patch is reverted, hackbench result is restored.
> > >
> > > oltp has ~3% regression with 2.6.29-rc3 on 4core*2p stokley machine.
> > > After above patch reverted, the regression disappeared.
> >
> > *sigh*, did they gain anything with introduction of the per-cpu crap?
>
> No it wouldn't have, I just missed something obvious,.. :-(
>
> I wish we never merged that crap...

oh, it certainly had its use: it highlighted that we have crappy
threading+timers code (on hackbench_pth) since the beginning of the Linux
SMP times.

Ingo


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