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SubjectRe: [patch 00/52] vfs scalability patches updated
On Fri, Jul 02, 2010 at 03:23:17AM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> On Wed, Jun 30, 2010 at 10:40:49PM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > But actually it's not all for scalability. I have some follow on patches
> > (that require RCU inodes, among other things) that actually improve
> > single threaded performance significnatly. git diff workload IIRC was
> > several % improved from speeding up stat(2).
> I rewrote the store-free path walk patch that goes on top of this
> patchset (it's now much cleaner and more optimised, I'll post a patch
> soonish). It is quicker than I remembered.
> A single thread running stat(2) in a loop on a file "./file" has the
> following cost (on an 2s8c Barcelona):
> 2.6.35-rc3 595 ns/op
> patched 336 ns/op
> stat(2) takes 56% the time with patches. It's something like 13 fewer
> atomic operations per syscall.
> What's that good for? A single threaded, cached `git diff` on the linux
> kernel tree takes just 81% of the time after the vfs patches (0.27s vs
> 0.33s).

At the other end of the scale, I tried dbench on ramfs on the little
32n64c Altix. Dbench actually has statfs() call completely removed from
the workload -- it's still a little problematic and patched kernel
throughput is ~halved with statfs().

dbench procs 1 64
2.6.35-rc3 235MB/s 95MB/s ( 0.6% scaling)
patched 245MB/s 14870MB/s (94.8% scaling)

(note all these numbers are with store-free path walking patches on top
of the posted patchset -- dbench procs do path walking from common cwds
so it will never scale this well if we have to take refcounts on common


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