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SubjectRe: Using O(1) scheduler with 600 processes.
You should definitely give it a try.

However; boosts in Oracle throughput by going to the O(1) scheduler may end
up being dependent on your I/O setup.

I was helping out with a TPCC benchmark effort last fall for Itanium Oracle
through put on Red Hat AS. For the longest time the guys with the big iron
hardware would not move to the newer kernels with the O(1) scheduler. They
had a silly rule of only accepting changes that improved TPCC throughput.
(oh, this work was on 4-way Itanium 2's with 32Gig of ram, and a large number
of clarion fiber channel disk array towers)

Anyway, for the longest time the old 2.4.18 kernel with the 4/10/04 ia-64
patch was 10% better than the a kernel with O(1) scheduler. I never quite
figured out what the problem was. I think the difference was in the way
Oracle likes to be on a Round Robbin scheduler, and the O(1) scheduler tended
to get unlucky more often than the old scheduler, for those drive arrays.

However; when we updated the clarion towers to have more drives and to 18K
RPM drives from the 15K drives, all of a sudden the O(1) scheduler beat the
the old scheduler.

Your milage will vary.

Give it a try.


On Thursday 23 January 2003 04:10 pm, Austin Gonyou wrote:
> I've heard some say that O(1) sched can only really help on systems with
> lots and lots of processes.
> But my systems run about 600 processes max, but are P4 Xeons with HT,
> and we kick off several hundred processes sometimes. (sleeping to
> running then back) based on things happening in the system.
> I am possibly going to forgo putting O(1)sched in production *right now*
> until I've got my patch solid. But I got to thinking, do I need it at
> all on a Oracle VLDB?
> I think yes, but I wanted to get some opinions/facts before making that
> choice to go without O(1) sched.
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