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SubjectIO degradation in 2.4.17-pre2 vs. 2.4.16
I saw in a previous thread that the interactivity improvements in
2.4.17-pre2 had some adverse effect on IO throughput and since I was
already evaluating 2.4.16 for a somewhat large fileserving project, I
threw 2.4.17-pre2 on to see what has changed. Throughput while serving
a large number of clients is important to me, so my tests have included
using dbench to try to see how things scale as clients increase.

2.4.16:

Throughput 116.098 MB/sec (NB=145.123 MB/sec 1160.98 MBit/sec) 1 procs
Throughput 206.604 MB/sec (NB=258.255 MB/sec 2066.04 MBit/sec) 2 procs
Throughput 210.364 MB/sec (NB=262.955 MB/sec 2103.64 MBit/sec) 4 procs
Throughput 213.397 MB/sec (NB=266.747 MB/sec 2133.97 MBit/sec) 8 procs
Throughput 210.989 MB/sec (NB=263.736 MB/sec 2109.89 MBit/sec) 16
procs
Throughput 138.713 MB/sec (NB=173.391 MB/sec 1387.13 MBit/sec) 32
procs
Throughput 117.729 MB/sec (NB=147.162 MB/sec 1177.29 MBit/sec) 64
procs
Throughput 66.7354 MB/sec (NB=83.4193 MB/sec 667.354 MBit/sec) 128
procs

2.4.17-pre2:

Throughput 96.2302 MB/sec (NB=120.288 MB/sec 962.302 MBit/sec) 1 procs
Throughput 226.679 MB/sec (NB=283.349 MB/sec 2266.79 MBit/sec) 2 procs
Throughput 223.955 MB/sec (NB=279.944 MB/sec 2239.55 MBit/sec) 4 procs
Throughput 224.533 MB/sec (NB=280.666 MB/sec 2245.33 MBit/sec) 8 procs
Throughput 153.672 MB/sec (NB=192.09 MB/sec 1536.72 MBit/sec) 16 procs
Throughput 91.3464 MB/sec (NB=114.183 MB/sec 913.464 MBit/sec) 32
procs
Throughput 64.876 MB/sec (NB=81.095 MB/sec 648.76 MBit/sec) 64 procs
Throughput 54.9774 MB/sec (NB=68.7217 MB/sec 549.774 MBit/sec) 128
procs

Throughput 136.522 MB/sec (NB=170.652 MB/sec 1365.22 MBit/sec) 1 procs
Throughput 223.682 MB/sec (NB=279.603 MB/sec 2236.82 MBit/sec) 2 procs
Throughput 222.806 MB/sec (NB=278.507 MB/sec 2228.06 MBit/sec) 4 procs
Throughput 224.427 MB/sec (NB=280.534 MB/sec 2244.27 MBit/sec) 8 procs
Throughput 152.286 MB/sec (NB=190.358 MB/sec 1522.86 MBit/sec) 16
procs
Throughput 92.044 MB/sec (NB=115.055 MB/sec 920.44 MBit/sec) 32 procs
Throughput 78.0881 MB/sec (NB=97.6101 MB/sec 780.881 MBit/sec) 64
procs
Throughput 66.1573 MB/sec (NB=82.6966 MB/sec 661.573 MBit/sec) 128
procs

Throughput 117.95 MB/sec (NB=147.438 MB/sec 1179.5 MBit/sec) 1 procs
Throughput 212.469 MB/sec (NB=265.586 MB/sec 2124.69 MBit/sec) 2 procs
Throughput 214.763 MB/sec (NB=268.453 MB/sec 2147.63 MBit/sec) 4 procs
Throughput 214.007 MB/sec (NB=267.509 MB/sec 2140.07 MBit/sec) 8 procs
Throughput 96.6572 MB/sec (NB=120.821 MB/sec 966.572 MBit/sec) 16
procs
Throughput 48.1342 MB/sec (NB=60.1677 MB/sec 481.342 MBit/sec) 32
procs
Throughput 71.3444 MB/sec (NB=89.1806 MB/sec 713.444 MBit/sec) 64
procs
Throughput 59.258 MB/sec (NB=74.0724 MB/sec 592.58 MBit/sec) 128 procs

I have included three runs for 2.4.17-pre2 to show how inconsistent its
results are; 2.4.16 didn't have this problem to this extent. bonnie++
numbers seem largely unchanged between kernels, coming in around:

------Sequential Output------ --Sequential Input- --Random-
-Per Chr- --Block-- -Rewrite- -Per Chr- --Block-- --Seeks--
Size K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP K/sec %CP /sec %CP
2512M 14348 81 49495 26 24438 16 16040 96 55006 15 373.7 1
------Sequential Create------ --------Random Create--------
-Create-- --Read--- -Delete-- -Create-- --Read--- -Delete--
files /sec %CP /sec %CP /sec %CP /sec %CP /sec %CP /sec %CP
16 3087 99 +++++ +++ +++++ +++ 3175 100 +++++ +++ 11042 100

The test machine is an IBM 342 with 2 1.26 GHz P3 processors and 1.25 GB
of RAM. The above numbers were generated off of 1 10K RPM SCSI disk
hanging off of an Adaptec aix7899 controller.

--
Jason Holmes
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