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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH 00/19] Cleanup and optimise the page allocator V2
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On Fri, 2009-03-06 at 16:33 +0800, Lin Ming wrote:
> On Thu, 2009-03-05 at 18:34 +0800, Ingo Molnar wrote:
> > * Zhang, Yanmin <yanmin_zhang@linux.intel.com> wrote:
> >
> > > On Wed, 2009-03-04 at 10:07 +0100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > > > On Wed, Mar 04, 2009 at 10:05:07AM +0800, Zhang, Yanmin wrote:
> > > > > On Mon, 2009-03-02 at 11:21 +0000, Mel Gorman wrote:
> > > > > > (Added Ingo as a second scheduler guy as there are queries on tg_shares_up)
> > > > > >
> > > > > > On Fri, Feb 27, 2009 at 04:44:43PM +0800, Lin Ming wrote:
> > > > > > > On Thu, 2009-02-26 at 19:22 +0800, Mel Gorman wrote:
> > > > > > > > In that case, Lin, could I also get the profiles for UDP-U-4K please so I
> > > > > > > > can see how time is being spent and why it might have gotten worse?
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > I have done the profiling (oltp and UDP-U-4K) with and without your v2
> > > > > > > patches applied to 2.6.29-rc6.
> > > > > > > I also enabled CONFIG_DEBUG_INFO so you can translate address to source
> > > > > > > line with addr2line.
> > > > > > >
> > > > > > > You can download the oprofile data and vmlinux from below link,
> > > > > > > http://www.filefactory.com/file/af2330b/
> > > > > > >
> > > > > >
> > > > > > Perfect, thanks a lot for profiling this. It is a big help in figuring out
> > > > > > how the allocator is actually being used for your workloads.
> > > > > >
> > > > > > The OLTP results had the following things to say about the page allocator.
> > > > > In case we might mislead you guys, I want to clarify that here OLTP is
> > > > > sysbench (oltp)+mysql, not the famous OLTP which needs lots of disks and big
> > > > > memory.
> > > > >
> > > > > Ma Chinang, another Intel guy, does work on the famous OLTP running.
> > > >
> > > > OK, so my comments WRT cache sensitivity probably don't apply here,
> > > > but probably cache hotness of pages coming out of the allocator
> > > > might still be important for this one.
> > > Yes. We need check it.
> > >
> > > >
> > > > How many runs are you doing of these tests?
> > > We start sysbench with different thread number, for example, 8 12 16 32 64 128 for
> > > 4*4 tigerton, then get an average value in case there might be a scalability issue.
> > >
> > > As for this sysbench oltp testing, we reran it for 7 times on
> > > tigerton this week and found the results have fluctuations.
> > > Now we could only say there is a trend that the result with
> > > the pathces is a little worse than the one without the
> > > patches.
> >
> > Could you try "perfstat -s" perhaps and see whether any other of
> > the metrics outside of tx/sec has less natural noise?
>
> Thanks, I have used "perfstat -s" to collect cache misses data.
>
> 2.6.29-rc7-tip: tip/perfcounters/core (b5e8acf)
> 2.6.29-rc7-tip-mg2: v2 patches applied to tip/perfcounters/core
>
> I collected 5 times netperf UDP-U-4k data with and without mg-v2 patches
> applied to tip/perfcounters/core on a 4p quad-core tigerton machine, as
> below
> "value" means UDP-U-4k test result.

I forgot to mention that below are the results without client/server
bind to different cpus.

./netserver
./netperf -t UDP_STREAM -l 60 -H 127.0.0.1 -- -P 15888,12384 -s 32768 -S 32768 -m 4096

>
> 2.6.29-rc7-tip
> ---------------
> value cache misses CPU migrations cachemisses/migrations
> 5329.71 391094656 1710 228710
> 5641.59 239552767 2138 112045
> 5580.87 132474745 2172 60992
> 5547.19 86911457 2099 41406
> 5626.38 196751217 2050 95976
>
> 2.6.29-rc7-tip-mg2
> -------------------
> value cache misses CPU migrations cachemisses/migrations
> 4749.80 649929463 1132 574142
> 4327.06 484100170 1252 386661
> 4649.51 374201508 1489 251310
> 5655.82 405511551 1848 219432
> 5571.58 90222256 2159 41788
>
> Lin Ming
>
> >
> > I think a more invariant number might be the ratio of "LLC
> > cachemisses" divided by "CPU migrations".
> >
> > The fluctuation in tx/sec comes from threads bouncing - but you
> > can normalize that away by using the cachemisses/migrations
> > ration.
> >
> > Perhaps. It's definitely a difficult thing to measure.
> >
> > Ingo



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