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SubjectRe: Mainline kernel OLTP performance update
On Saturday 17 January 2009 05:11:02 Rick Jones wrote:
> Nick Piggin wrote:
> > OK, I have these numbers to show I'm not completely off my rocker to
> > suggest we merge SLQB :) Given these results, how about I ask to merge
> > SLQB as default in linux-next, then if nothing catastrophic happens,
> > merge it upstream in the next merge window, then a couple of releases
> > after that, given some time to test and tweak SLQB, then we plan to bite
> > the bullet and emerge with just one main slab allocator (plus SLOB).
> >
> >
> > System is a 2socket, 4 core AMD.
> Not exactly a large system :) Barely NUMA even with just two sockets.

You're right ;)

But at least it is exercising the NUMA paths in the allocator, and
represents a pretty common size of system...

I can run some tests on bigger systems at SUSE, but it is not always
easy to set up "real" meaningful workloads on them or configure
significant IO for them.

> > Netperf UDP unidirectional send test (10 runs, higher better):
> >
> > Server and client bound to same CPU
> > SLAB AVG=60.111 STD=1.59382
> > SLQB AVG=60.167 STD=0.685347
> > SLUB AVG=58.277 STD=0.788328
> >
> > Server and client bound to same socket, different CPUs
> > SLAB AVG=85.938 STD=0.875794
> > SLQB AVG=93.662 STD=2.07434
> > SLUB AVG=81.983 STD=0.864362
> >
> > Server and client bound to different sockets
> > SLAB AVG=78.801 STD=1.44118
> > SLQB AVG=78.269 STD=1.10457
> > SLUB AVG=71.334 STD=1.16809
> >
> > ...
> >
> > I haven't done any non-local network tests. Networking is the one of the
> > subsystems most heavily dependent on slab performance, so if anybody
> > cares to run their favourite tests, that would be really helpful.
> I'm guessing, but then are these Mbit/s figures? Would that be the sending
> throughput or the receiving throughput?

Yes, Mbit/s. They were... hmm, sending throughput I think, but each pair
of numbers seemed to be identical IIRC?

> I love to see netperf used, but why UDP and loopback?

No really good reason. I guess I was hoping to keep other variables as
small as possible. But I guess a real remote test would be a lot more
realistic as a networking test. Hmm, but I could probably set up a test
over a simple GbE link here. I'll try that.

> Also, how about the
> service demands?

Well, over loopback and using CPU binding, I was hoping it wouldn't
change much... but I see netperf does some measurements for you. I
will consider those in future too.

BTW. is it possible to do parallel netperf tests?

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