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SubjectRe: unixbench context switch perfomance & cpu topology
2018-01-22 20:08 GMT+08:00 Mike Galbraith <efault@gmx.de>:
> On Mon, 2018-01-22 at 19:47 +0800, Wanpeng Li wrote:
>> Hi all,
>>
>> We can observe unixbench context switch performance is heavily
>> influenced by cpu topology which is exposed to the guest. the score is
>> posted below, bigger is better, both the guest and the host kernel are
>> 3.15-rc3(we can also reproduce against centos 7.4 693 guest/host), LLC
>> is exposed to the guest, kvm adaptive halt-polling is default enabled,
>> then start a guest w/ 8 logical cpus.
>>
>>
>>
>> unixbench context switch
>> -smp 8, sockets=8, cores=1, threads=1 382036
>> -smp 8, sockets=4, cores=2, threads=1 132480
>> -smp 8, sockets=2, cores=4, threads=1 128032
>> -smp 8, sockets=2, cores=2, threads=2 131767
>> -smp 8, sockets=1, cores=4, threads=2 132742
>> -smp 8, sockets=1, cores=4, threads=2 (guest w/ nohz=off idle=poll) 331471
>>
>> I can observe there are a lot of reschedule IPIs sent from one vCPU to
>> another vCPU, the context switch workload switches between running and
>> idle frequently which results in HLT instruction in the idle path, I
>> use idle=poll to avoid vmexit due to HLT and to avoid reschedule IPIs
>> since idle task checks TIF_NEED_RESCHED flags in a loop, nohz=off can
>> stop to program lapic timer/other nohz stuffs. Any idea why sockets=8
>> can get best performance?
>
> Probably because with that topology, there is no shared llc, thus no
> cross-core scheduling, micro-benchmark waker/wakee are stacked. If
> your benchmark does nothing but schedule, stacking makes beautiful (but
> utterly meaningless) numbers.

The waker and wakee are just sporadic on the same logical cpu in the
guest(-smp 8, sockets=8, cores=1, threads=1) during the testing, in
addition, binding the waker/wakee to one logical cpu in the guest(-smp
8, sockets=1, cores=4, threads=2) also can get the performance as
better as 8 sockets setup.

Regards,
Wanpeng Li

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