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SubjectRe: Mainline kernel OLTP performance update
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On Wed, 2009-04-29 at 18:25 +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Wed, 2009-04-29 at 09:07 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Wed, 29 Apr 2009 08:48:19 -0700 "Styner, Douglas W" <douglas.w.styner@intel.com> wrote:
> >
> > > >-----Original Message-----
> > > >From: Andrew Morton [mailto:akpm@linux-foundation.org]
> > > >Sent: Wednesday, April 29, 2009 12:30 AM
> > > >To: Styner, Douglas W
> > > >Cc: linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org; Tripathi, Sharad C;
> > > >arjan@linux.intel.com; Wilcox, Matthew R; Kleen, Andi; Siddha, Suresh B;
> > > >Ma, Chinang; Wang, Peter Xihong; Nueckel, Hubert; Recalde, Luis F; Nelson,
> > > >Doug; Cheng, Wu-sun; Prickett, Terry O; Shunmuganathan, Rajalakshmi; Garg,
> > > >Anil K; Chilukuri, Harita; chris.mason@oracle.com
> > > >Subject: Re: Mainline kernel OLTP performance update
> > > >
> > > >On Tue, 28 Apr 2009 10:08:22 -0700 "Styner, Douglas W"
> > > ><douglas.w.styner@intel.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > >> Summary: Measured the mainline kernel from kernel.org (2.6.30-rc3).
> > > >>
> > > >> The regression for 2.6.30-rc3 against the baseline, 2.6.24.2 is 1.91%.
> > > >Oprofile reports 71.1626% user, 28.8295% system.
> > > >>
> > > >> Linux OLTP Performance summary
> > > >> Kernel# Speedup(x) Intr/s CtxSw/s us% sys% idle%
> > > >iowait%
> > > >> 2.6.24.2 1.000 22106 43709 75 24 0 0
> > > >> 2.6.30-rc3 0.981 30645 43027 75 25 0 0
> > > >
> > > >The main difference there is the interrupt frequency. Do we know which
> > > >interrupt source(s) caused this?
> > >
> > > Our analysis of the interrupts shows that rescheduling interrupts are
> > > up 2.2x from 2.6.24.2 --> 2.6.30-rc3. Qla2xxx interrupts are roughly
> > > the same.
> >
> > (top-posting repaired)
> >
> > OK, thanks. Seems odd that the rescheduling interrupt rate increased
> > while the context-switch rate actually fell a couple of percent.
> >
> > This came up a few weeks ago and iirc Peter was mainly involved, and I
> > don't believe that anything conclusive ended up happening. Peter,
> > could you please remind us of (and summarise) the story here?
>
> I've had several reports about the resched-ipi going in overdrive, but
> nobody bothered to bisect it, nor have I yet done so -- no clear ideas
> on why it is doing so.
>
> I'll put it somewhere higher on the todo list.
>

One cause of them in the past was the ondemand cpufreq module. It got
fixed up for my laptop workload at least starting w/2.6.29, but it might
make sense to try without ondemand if you're running it.

-chris




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