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SubjectRe: sysbench throughput degradation in 4.13+
2017-09-12 16:14 GMT+02:00 Eric Farman <farman@linux.vnet.ibm.com>:
> Hi Peter, Rik,
>
> Running sysbench measurements in a 16CPU/30GB KVM guest on a 20CPU/40GB
> s390x host, we noticed a throughput degradation (anywhere between 13% and
> 40%, depending on test) when moving the host from kernel 4.12 to 4.13. The
> rest of the host and the entire guest remain unchanged; it is only the host
> kernel that changes. Bisecting the host kernel blames commit 3fed382b46ba
> ("sched/numa: Implement NUMA node level wake_affine()").
>
> Reverting 3fed382b46ba and 815abf5af45f ("sched/fair: Remove
> effective_load()") from a clean 4.13.0 build erases the throughput
> degradation and returns us to what we see in 4.12.0.
>
> A little poking around points us to a fix/improvement to this, commit
> 90001d67be2f ("sched/fair: Fix wake_affine() for !NUMA_BALANCING"), which
> went in the 4.14 merge window and an unmerged fix [1] that corrects a small
> error in that patch. Hopeful, since we were running !NUMA_BALANCING, I
> applied these two patches to a clean 4.13.0 tree but continue to see the
> performance degradation. Pulling current master or linux-next shows no
> improvement lurking in the shadows.
>
> Running perf stat on the host during the guest sysbench run shows a
> significant increase in cpu-migrations over the 4.12.0 run. Abbreviated
> examples follow:
>
> # 4.12.0
> # perf stat -p 11473 -- sleep 5
> 62305.199305 task-clock (msec) # 12.458 CPUs
> 368,607 context-switches
> 4,084 cpu-migrations
> 416 page-faults
>
> # 4.13.0
> # perf stat -p 11444 -- sleep 5
> 35892.653243 task-clock (msec) # 7.176 CPUs
> 249,251 context-switches
> 56,850 cpu-migrations
> 804 page-faults
>
> # 4.13.0-revert-3fed382b46ba-and-815abf5af45f
> # perf stat -p 11441 -- sleep 5
> 62321.767146 task-clock (msec) # 12.459 CPUs
> 387,661 context-switches
> 5,687 cpu-migrations
> 1,652 page-faults
>
> # 4.13.0-apply-90001d67be2f
> # perf stat -p 11438 -- sleep 5
> 48654.988291 task-clock (msec) # 9.729 CPUs
> 363,150 context-switches
> 43,778 cpu-migrations
> 641 page-faults
>
> I'm not sure what doc to supply here and am unfamiliar with this code or its
> recent changes, but I'd be happy to pull/try whatever is needed to help
> debug things. Looking forward to hearing what I can do.
>
> Thanks,
> Eric
>
> [1] https://lkml.org/lkml/2017/9/6/196
>
+cc: vcaputo@pengaru.com
He reported a performance degradation also on 4.13-rc7, it might be
the same cause.

Best,
Jack

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