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SubjectBenchmarking results: DSS elapsed time values w/ rq_affinity=0/1 - Jens' for-2.6.28 tree
Some DSS results from a 32-way ia64 machine set up to try and analyze
Oracle OLTP & DSS loads (128GB RAM, >200 disks). The data collected was
the elapsed time for DSS runs w/ 128 MBRs and 128 Readers, running on a
kernel generated from Jens Axboe's origin/for-2.6.28 tree. I alternated
runs, setting rq_affinity to 0 and 1 for all disks at the beginning of
each run.

There are a total of 68 data points for each alternative, and the
overall results show a decided improvement for this type of load with
rq_affinity set to 1:

rq=0: min=27.440000 avg=27.980500 max=28.500000 sdev=0.296827
rq=1: min=26.900000 avg=27.071500 max=27.480000 sdev=0.125169

Not only do we see about a 3.25% improvement in reduced average time, we
also see that the run-to-run deviations are much smaller as well. For a
pictorial representation, check out the graph @

The red and green areas illustrate the delta from the average for all
the data points with that rq_affinity setting. (Red being rq_affinity=0,
green being rq_affinity=1.)

I collected some vmstat & iostat data, and will be evaluating that as
well, and perhaps looking into lockstat & profiling data (time permitting).

The system has been set up as part of a collaboration between HP & Red
Hat's Linux performance teams, and we've been using it to analyze
performance characteristics of Oracle loads on large-ish systems, as
well as for evaluating potential code changes.

Alan D. Brunelle
HP Linux Kernel Technology Team

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