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SubjectRE: [Coder-Com] Re: PROBLEM: high system usage / poor SMP network performance
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Hi

I've been testing the modified Undernet (2.10.10) code with Vincent
Sweeney based on the simple usleep(100000) addition to s_bsd.c

PRI NICE SIZE RES STATE C TIME WCPU CPU | # USERS
2 0 96348K 96144K poll 0 29.0H 39.01% 39.01% | 1700 <- Without
Patch
10 0 77584K 77336K nanslp 0 7:08 5.71% 5.71% | 1500 <- With
Patch

Spot the difference!

It doesn't appear to be lagging, yet is using 1/7th the cpu!

Anyone else tried this?

Regards

Darren Smith

-----Original Message-----
From: owner-coder-com@undernet.org [mailto:owner-coder-com@undernet.org]
On Behalf Of Andrew Morton
Sent: 03 February 2002 08:36
To: Dan Kegel
Cc: Vincent Sweeney; linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org;
coder-com@undernet.org; Kevin L. Mitchell
Subject: [Coder-Com] Re: PROBLEM: high system usage / poor SMP network
performance

Dan Kegel wrote:
>
> Before I did any work, I'd measure CPU
> usage under a simulated load of 2000 clients, just to verify that
> poll() was indeed a bottleneck (ok, can't imagine it not being a
> bottleneck, but it's nice to have a baseline to compare the improved
> version against).

I half-did this earlier in the week. It seems that Vincent's
machine is calling poll() maybe 100 times/second. Each call
is taking maybe 10 milliseconds, and is returning approximately
one measly little packet.

select and poll suck for thousands of fds. Always did, always
will. Applications need to work around this.

And the workaround is rather simple:

....
+ usleep(100000);
poll(...);

This will add up to 0.1 seconds latency, but it means that
the poll will gather activity on ten times as many fds,
and that it will be called ten times less often, and that
CPU load will fall by a factor of ten.

This seems an appropriate hack for an IRC server. I guess it
could be souped up a bit:

usleep(nr_fds * 50);

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