lkml.org 
[lkml]   [2001]   [Oct]   [14]   [last100]   RSS Feed
Views: [wrap][no wrap]   [headers]  [forward] 
 
Messages in this thread
/
From
Date
SubjectVM test on 2.4.12-ac1, 2.4.12aa1, and 2.4.13-pre2


Kernels test summary:

2.4.12-ac1 Wide variance in memory allocation
2.4.12aa1 Interesting vmstat/mp3blaster pattern
2.4.13-pre2 Locked up on 7th iteration

Test:

Run loop of 10 iterations of Linux Test Project's "mtest01 -p80 -w"
This test attempts to allocate 80% of virtual memory and write to
each page. Simulataneously listen to mp3blaster.

Reboot before each test.

Hardware:
Athlon 1333
512 Mb RAM
1024 Mb swap

Note: On all kernels I tested, mp3blaster plays smoothly with "mtest01 -p30 -w",
(allocate 30% of virtual memory). I put this in an infinite loop.

When I bumped up the percentage, so the test would start to use swap,
mp3blaster would begin to stutter. Using a higher percentage, like 60
made it clear that going into swap is the stutter trigger. However,
I discovered something interesting with Andrea's kernel. More on that below.


Notes from each kernel:


2.4.12-ac1

The odd thing here is the enormous variation of memory allocated per run:

PASS ... 1224736768 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 857735168 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 727711744 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 964689920 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 455081984 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 636485632 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 960495616 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 332398592 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 881852416 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 394264576 bytes allocated.

mp3blaster stuttered the entire run. It finished fast, but since it didn't
allocate the full 80% of memory after the first run, timing may not be meaningful.

Below is vmstat 1 from approximately 3 iterations of "mmtest01 -p80 -w" on 2.4.12-ac1:

procs memory swap io system cpu
r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
0 1 0 0 456060 21348 16160 0 0 283 11 173 225 0 4 95
2 0 0 0 199644 21348 16164 0 0 24 0 282 590 47 50 3
1 0 1 1444 2780 21348 8208 0 0 32 0 276 734 40 60 0
7 1 2 466392 2048 1244 2388 0 126816 12 126828 1394 2699 1 23 76
2 5 0 466392 5724 1236 2480 304 323536 500 323604 5876 73316 4 12 83
7 3 1 909752 3064 1252 1884 2016 373688 3208 373716 5480 58698 4 18 78
1 3 0 201388 299828 1288 3436 1800 0 3228 16 391 437 0 3 97
2 0 0 201348 162784 1316 4112 1600 0 2296 0 431 706 44 26 31
1 0 0 120756 3060 1328 5116 140 0 1152 0 418 622 44 56 0
1 3 1 438156 2840 1332 1812 28 0 344 12 389 864 13 87 0
0 2 3 416380 1296 1240 1744 140 72700 256 72696 437 874 7 26 67
3 6 3 416380 3064 1256 1748 76 79548 80 79564 1062 9106 1 12 87
2 4 2 423448 3724 1240 1752 60 120032 72 120044 1476 2115 4 15 81
1 4 1 423448 3660 1252 1644 48 61552 92 61568 771 697 7 19 73
0 3 0 267416 239308 1284 2268 1212 80868 2128 80912 2274 2218 3 15 82
1 1 0 267376 73188 1308 3644 448 0 1840 0 520 446 32 32 37
3 0 1 337996 2684 1304 1972 316 280 780 292 421 821 28 72 0
1 1 1 390856 4280 1312 1732 368 5220 652 5224 392 645 22 78 0
0 8 2 317276 3064 1248 1748 212 67616 264 67596 422 872 20 58 22
1 8 2 317276 3064 1252 1752 0 27276 4 27276 378 225 0 2 98
0 6 2 317276 2840 1252 1752 0 22680 0 22680 315 287 0 4 96

The vmstat 1 command didn't seem like it was pulsing smoothly every second.



2.4.12aa1 - Andrea's patch

This kernel behaved the best for the test.

It allocated 1.2 gigs of virtual memory for each run.

PASS ... 1244659712 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1251999744 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1253048320 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1254096896 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1255145472 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1254096896 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1254096896 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1255145472 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1256194048 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1255145472 bytes allocated.


mp3blaster with Andrea's patch stuttered during a portion of each run, then
played continuously for the rest of each test.

Here is a sample of vmstat 1 during an iteration. vmstat output was consistant
for each loop iteration. This is just one cycle. There is a note in the output
where mp3blaster goes from smooth to stutter.

This vmstat picks up towards the end of an mtest01 iteration. You can see where
swapd drops, which indicates the new run. Note that mp3blaster is playing fine for
about 45 seconds before this vmstat output:

procs memory swap io system cpu
r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
0 3 1 696556 3256 1188 2460 0 15456 88 15504 486 762 4 11 86
1 1 1 714984 1560 1176 2456 64 17380 136 17384 478 742 6 9 85
0 3 1 732392 1624 1188 2448 0 18072 96 18076 513 784 2 12 87
2 0 0 9912 372812 1236 2632 296 3216 540 3216 376 647 19 34 47


Here mp3blaster begins to stutter.

procs memory swap io system cpu
r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
2 0 0 9912 107668 1236 2660 0 0 28 0 282 557 39 61 0
0 4 1 30812 3352 1184 820 504 28016 2676 28060 1434 1515 5 11 84
0 5 1 49592 2592 1180 860 124 14664 692 14692 538 477 2 3 95
0 3 1 62760 2604 1192 844 172 12240 624 12244 473 331 3 4 93
0 3 1 74440 2212 1184 900 96 11392 440 11392 342 215 3 4 93
2 1 1 84048 2404 1184 904 120 10560 336 10560 366 239 3 3 95
0 4 1 95716 2624 1212 948 104 12136 316 12160 388 349 2 4 94
1 3 1 104268 3112 1184 940 152 8868 400 8868 365 348 3 6 90
0 4 1 115468 2180 1176 1000 64 10752 276 10752 358 315 5 1 94
0 4 1 126120 2592 1180 952 100 11116 324 11116 351 355 4 5 91
0 4 0 137308 3880 1184 1020 96 11152 316 11152 334 342 3 5 92

Interestingly, when swapd gets around 130000 - 140000, mp3blaster plays great
for the rest of the iteration, even though swap usage continues to increase.


procs memory swap io system cpu
r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
1 4 1 146956 2548 1180 976 140 9752 424 9776 308 326 4 7 90
1 3 1 157544 2636 1184 1060 104 10984 632 10984 465 405 3 3 93
0 3 1 167696 3148 1192 1068 88 10432 528 10432 397 369 2 3 96
0 3 1 178800 3340 1176 1096 212 10560 588 10560 425 365 0 5 95
1 3 2 188948 1624 1200 1244 104 10012 488 10028 355 370 2 2 96
1 2 1 199088 1680 1192 1184 104 9840 296 9848 366 389 2 4 94
1 3 1 211804 2004 1180 1108 84 11384 400 11384 379 395 3 3 94
0 2 1 220852 1540 1176 1232 168 12264 480 12264 433 353 3 7 90
0 2 1 237652 2564 1184 1108 96 15936 148 15936 391 367 2 7 91
2 1 1 252852 1908 1180 1108 160 14696 220 14720 406 395 2 7 91
0 2 1 269640 3556 1184 1108 112 17560 180 17560 479 385 4 4 93
1 4 1 281324 3244 1184 1164 216 12612 392 12612 448 634 3 5 92
1 4 1 290992 3076 1196 1260 68 8928 400 8928 442 691 5 4 92
0 5 1 300672 1652 1208 1164 48 10604 308 10604 477 731 1 7 92
0 4 1 309328 2904 1172 1384 68 8152 392 8184 414 657 3 6 91
0 4 1 320032 2380 1192 1208 40 10616 328 10616 465 742 4 4 92
0 4 1 334800 2020 1192 1228 100 9984 272 9984 449 704 4 7 89
0 3 1 346044 1940 1192 1260 24 9224 476 9224 440 685 2 6 92
1 1 1 354232 1908 1180 1280 4 15036 180 15036 478 697 5 6 90
2 1 1 371640 2228 1180 1284 0 17164 184 17188 473 679 2 6 93
2 2 1 388532 1864 1184 1280 4 16936 92 16940 487 716 6 4 89
0 2 1 405428 1556 1180 1284 0 17568 76 17572 474 648 2 12 86
0 1 1 420276 1960 1180 1284 0 15688 76 15692 473 685 6 7 87
2 1 2 436660 2340 1212 1328 0 15260 208 15284 474 698 4 12 85
2 3 1 459700 2032 1188 1284 0 20104 84 20128 541 793 4 7 89
1 2 1 472500 1568 1176 1280 0 16296 68 16300 456 639 6 10 84
2 1 1 496564 1908 1180 1280 0 23732 84 23736 598 841 2 9 88
3 1 1 511252 2260 1184 1128 0 13880 96 13884 465 682 5 6 88
1 3 1 531220 2940 1184 1124 0 20820 312 20848 491 705 1 12 87
0 2 0 549140 3696 1180 1120 0 17852 88 17856 506 725 6 11 83
1 0 1 565012 2860 1176 1128 0 16108 100 16112 502 727 6 5 89
3 1 1 585480 1788 1180 1124 64 16576 200 16580 532 777 2 9 89
2 1 2 601352 1900 1204 1132 0 16924 80 16952 500 721 4 10 87
0 3 1 613636 2536 1188 1128 64 13948 136 13952 426 619 3 5 92
procs memory swap io system cpu
r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
1 2 1 627460 2920 1188 1128 0 14568 96 14572 481 692 6 9 85
1 0 1 642308 2008 1184 1136 0 13724 72 13724 439 605 4 8 88
1 2 1 660228 3572 1176 1128 0 18600 64 18600 472 682 4 11 85
3 0 1 673540 3568 1172 1132 0 14320 328 14352 499 687 6 6 88
1 3 1 691972 2268 1196 1156 0 17636 120 17636 530 740 4 9 86
0 3 1 701684 3656 1192 1180 16 10592 292 10592 441 674 5 3 93
0 3 1 711920 2592 1196 1176 4 8928 248 8928 427 657 5 6 90
2 1 1 725732 1856 1184 1240 12 15124 236 15124 486 697 5 6 89
0 2 0 741084 3696 1176 1188 44 15360 188 15396 505 728 4 5 90
1 0 0 10136 411540 1236 2232 240 0 1336 0 437 700 18 22 60


mp3blaster played beautifully to this point. Now as the next iteration of the
loop begins to hit swap, mp3blaster stutters again.

This cycle of smooth until RAM is gone, stutter until swap about 140000,
then smooth until the loop completes repeated over and over.

Note: I moved the vmstat headers around in the output above, but didn't remove
any data.



2.4.13-pre2

My system became unusable during seventh loop iteration. I wasn't able to
abort the test with <ctrl c>, <ctrl \>. I could switch consoles, but the
keyboard was unresponsive. Sync in sysrq worked. showMem, tErm didn't
work. I was able to sysrq unmount a couple filesystems, but I had to
hit the reset button to recover.

PASS ... 1243611136 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1255145472 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1254096896 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1253048320 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1253048320 bytes allocated.
PASS ... 1253048320 bytes allocated.

I won't include vmstat output for this kernel, but it behaved a lot like 2.4.12aa1.



Sound Card:

00:0f.0 Multimedia audio controller: C-Media Electronics Inc CM8738 (rev 10)


Hope the information above is useful to the kernel hackers.


Scripty:


#!/bin/bash

# script to exercise vm.
#
# Uses "mtest01" memory test from Linux Test Project
#
# see: http://ltp.sourceforge.net/
#

# allocate p percent of virtual memory and write to each page.
# (write implied by -w option in mtest01)

mtest01=/usr/src/sources/l/cvs/ltp/testcases/bin/mtest01
mtest_log=mtest01-`uname -r`.log
vmstat_log=vmstat-`uname -r`.log

# percent of virtual memory to fill
p=80

# iterations
typeset -i i=10

# watch memory usage every second
vmstat 1 > $vmstat_log &

echo running $i iterations of $mtest01
echo "output is going to $mtest_log and $vmstat_log"

# need full featured bash for (( arith )).
while ((i > 0))
do /usr/bin/time -v $mtest01 -p $p -w
((i--))
done > $mtest_log 2>&1
# end of script.

--
Randy Hron

-
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@vger.kernel.org
More majordomo info at http://vger.kernel.org/majordomo-info.html
Please read the FAQ at http://www.tux.org/lkml/

\
 
 \ /
  Last update: 2005-03-22 13:18    [W:0.070 / U:0.360 seconds]
©2003-2020 Jasper Spaans|hosted at Digital Ocean and TransIP|Read the blog|Advertise on this site