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SubjectRe: unixbench context switch perfomance & cpu topology
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On Mon, 2018-01-22 at 20:27 +0800, Wanpeng Li wrote:
> 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.

Here, with tip.today and that topology, context1 does stack up on one core.

PID USER PR NI VIRT RES SHR S %CPU %MEM TIME+ P COMMAND
4218 root 20 0 4048 808 732 R 52.16 0.022 0:12.77 4 context1
4219 root 20 0 4048 80 0 S 47.18 0.002 0:11.96 4 context1

There's a bit of bouncing, but the two stack right back up.  But
whatever, what Peter said, the benchmark should pin itself to do this.

-Mike

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