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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.23
On Wed, 2007-10-10 at 12:14 +0200, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Nicholas Miell <> wrote:
> > Does CFS still generate the following sysbench graphs with 2.6.23, or
> > did that get fixed?
> >
> >
> >
I also captured the same issue on a couple of machines.

> as far as my testsystem goes, v2.6.23 beats v2.6.22.9 in sysbench:
> As you can see it in the graph, v2.6.23 schedules much more consistently
> too. [ v2.6.22 has a small (but potentially statistically insignificant)
> edge at 4-6 clients, and CFS has a slightly better peak (which is
> statistically insignificant). ]
> ( Config is at, system is Core2Duo
> 1.83 GHz, mysql-5.0.45, glibc-2.6. Nothing fancy either in the config
> nor in the setup - everything is pretty close to the defaults. )
I used FedoraCore 8 Test2 distribution, so glibc-2.6.90-13 already fixed
the old malloc scalability issue. Cpu is 2.66GHZ quad core, 2 physical
processor, totally 8 cores. The regression is about 28%.

> i'm aware of a 2.6.21 vs. 2.6.23 sysbench regression report, and it
> apparently got resolved after various changes to the test environment:
> " [<CFS>] has virtually no dropoff and performs better under load than
> the default 2.6.21 scheduler. " (paraphrased)
> (The new link you posted, just a few hours after the release of v2.6.23,
> has not been reported to lkml before AFAICS - when did you become aware
> of it? If you learned about it before v2.6.23 it might have been useful
> to report it to the v2.6.23 regression list.)
I tested it in 2.6.22 and all 2.6.23-rc kernels. All 2.6.23-rc kernel has
the same regression. The testing result is stable.

> At a quick glance there are no .configs or other testing details at or
> around that URL that i could use to reproduce their result precisely, so
> at least a minimal bugreport would be nice.
Commandline to run testing:
#sysbench --test=oltp --mysql-user=root --mysql-db=mysql --max-time=120
--max-requests=0 --oltp-read-only=on --num-threads=16 run

> In any case, here are a few general comments about sysbench numbers:
> Sysbench is a pretty 'batched' workload: it benefits most from batchy
> scheduling: the client doing as much work as it can, then server doing
> as much work as it can - and so on. The longer the client can work the
> more cache-efficient the workload is. Any round-trip to the server due
> to pesky preemption only blows up the cache footprint of the workload
> and gives lower throughput.
> This kind of workload would probably run best on DOS or Windows 3.11,
> with no preemptive scheduling done at all. In other words: run both
> mysqld and the client as SCHED_FIFO to get the best performance out of
> it. So in that sense the workload is a bit similar to dbench.
> The other thing is that mysqld does _tons_ of sys_time() calls, so GTOD
> differences between .22 and .23 might cause extra overhead - especially
> with 8 CPUs/cores. Does the sys_time() scalability patch below improve
> sysbench performance for you? (i'm not sure about psqld)
> If it's indeed due to batched vs. well-spread-out scheduling behavior
> (which is possible), there are a few things you could do to make
> scheduling more batched:
> 1) start the DB daemon up as SCHED_BATCH:
> schedtool -B -e service mysqld restart
> (and do the same with the client-side commands as well)
> or:
> schedtool -B $$
> to mark the parent shell as SCHED_BATCH - then start up the DB and
> start the client workload. (All other tasks not started from this
> shell will still be SCHED_OTHER, so only your mysql workload will be
> affected.) For example "beagled" already runs under SCHED_BATCH by
> default.
> SCHED_BATCH will cause the scheduler to batch up the workload more.
> You basically tell the scheduler: "this workload really wants
> throughput above all", and the scheduler takes that hint and acts
> upon it. (it's still not as drastic as SCHED_FIFO, it's somewhere
> between SCHED_OTHER and SCHED_FIFO, in terms of batching. Start up
> your DB and your client as SCHED_FIFO via "schedtool -F -p 10 ..." to
> establish the best-case batching win.)
> 2) check out the v22 CFS backport patch which has the latest & greatest
> scheduler code, from .
> Does performance go up for you with it? It's somewhat less
> preemption-eager, which might as well make the crutial difference for
> sysbench.
> 3) if it's enabled, disable CONFIG_PREEMPT=y. CONFIG_PREEMPT can cause
> unwanted overscheduling and cache-trashing under overload.
Below is PREMPT config in my kernel config file.

# CONFIG_PREEMPT is not set
# CONFIG_NUMA is not set

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