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SubjectRe: [OSDL][BENCHMARK] Database results 2.4 versus 2.5
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> Cliff White <cliffw@osdl.org> wrote:
> >
> >
> > We have found some very nice database performance improvements in the
> > OSDL-DBT-2 database workload comparing the latest 2.4 kernel with 2.5.49
> > on a 8-way Profusion Xeon 700MHz Pentium III system with 4GB of memory.
> > We suspect there will be I/O improvements after moving to the latest
> > 2.5 releases. We would like to optimize our memory utilization before
> > moving on to those experiments.
>
> So it sounds like DBT2 is stabilised now, and producing repeatable results?
> That's excellent.
Thanks. the kit's available off Sourceforge now, and we'll have STP version
up Mondayish.
>
> > ...
> > We did several runs of each variant (cached and non-cached) on each of
> > the two OS versions (2.4.21-pre3 and 2.5.49*). Run variances were low
> > compared to the differences we saw between OS versions. Results are as
> > follows (numbers represent average over the runs):
>
> I notice you're using an extremeraid 2000? I have one of those, and
> immediately shelved it when I saw how slow it is ;)

We'll take that one up with our ops people ;) This is one of the many
reasons we did a 'cached' version of the load. Us database people just
can't get enough IO right now. :)
>
> >
> > Linux DBT2 Metric Wrkld %memused iostats
> > Version Workload (bigger Speedup on4GB %user %sys total
> > better) iops
> > ___________________________________________________________________
> > 2.4.21-pre3 cached 4479 99.73 74.24 3.64 **
> > 2.5.49 (*) cached 5040 99.73 85.37 2.85 381
> > cached 12.5%
> > ___________________________________________________________________
> > 2.4.21-pre3 noncached 1407.8 95.11 25.75 9.68 **
> > 2.5.49 (*) noncached 1667.5 99.68 49.12 7.2 1461
> > non-cached 18.4%
> > ___________________________________________________________________
> > ** iostats is broken at 2.4 due to driver problems.
>
> Interesting. All the gains here are due to reduced idle time.
>
> So either the I/O scheduler is doing a better job, or the VM page
> replacement decisions are agreeable for this load.

Okay. Is there something we could do that would point at one or the other?

>
> > The %sys drops going from 2.4 to 2.5 in both cases. We suspect this is
> > due to lack of paging in the 2.5 runs.
>
> Yup. Do you have all the vmstat traces and all the other goodies? The
> pgpgin/pgpgout numbers, etc seem to be wrong there.

We didn't have a working vmstat for those runs. We just grabbed the latest
procps,
so we should have that data for the next set. What looks wrong to you on the
pgpgin/pgpgout?
>
>
> This could easily be a complete fluke, and you may find that with
> smaller/larger working sets or smaller/larger physical memory, the difference
> goes away.
>
We're doing a series of runs with some slightly different memory sizes. STP
will allow
you to do the same. We normally try to tune the run so as to use all of the
physical
memory we can get our little hands on (it's a DBA thang) - would a smaller
memory
database (say 2GB instead of 4GB ) really show you anything interesting on a
4GB system,
since there's so little pressure?

cliffw
>


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