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SubjectRe: [PATCH 00/21] sched: Reduce runqueue lock contention -v6
On 04/05/2011 10:23 AM, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> This patch series aims to optimize remote wakeups by moving most of the
> work of the wakeup to the remote cpu and avoid bouncing runqueue data
> structures where possible.
>
> As measured by sembench (which basically creates a wakeup storm) on my
> dual-socket westmere:
>
> $ for i in /sys/devices/system/cpu/cpu*/cpufreq/scaling_governor ; do echo performance> $i; done
> $ echo 4096 32000 64 128> /proc/sys/kernel/sem
> $ ./sembench -t 2048 -w 1900 -o 0
>
> unpatched: run time 30 seconds 647278 worker burns per second
> patched: run time 30 seconds 816715 worker burns per second
>
> I've queued this series for .40.

Here are the results of running sembench on a 128 cpu box. In all of the
below cases, I had to use the kernel parameter idle=mwait to eliminate
spinlock contention in clockevents_notify() in the idle loop. I'll try
to track down what can be done about that later.

I took Peter's patches from the tip/sched/locking tree. I got similar
results directly from that branch, but separated them out to try to
isolate some irregular behavior that mostly went away when I added
idle=mwait. Since that branch was on top of 2.6.39-rc3, I used that
as a base.

The other patchset in play is Chris Mason's semtimedop optimization
patches. By themselves, I didn't see an improvement with Chris' patches,
but in conjunction with Peter's, they gave the best results. When
combining the patches, I removed Chris' batched wakeup patch, since it
conflicted with Peter's patchset and really isn't needed any more.

(It's been a while since Chris posted these. They are in the
"unbreakable" git tree,
http://oss.oracle.com/git/?p=linux-2.6-unbreakable.git;a=summary ,
and ported easily to mainline. I can repost them.)

I used Chris's latest sembench, http://oss.oracle.com/~mason/sembench.c
and the command "./sembench -t 2048 -w 1900 -o 0". I got similar
burns-per-second numbers when cranking up the parameters to
"./sembench -t 16384 -w 15000 -o 0".


2.6.38:

2048 threads, waking 1900 at a time
using ipc sem operations
main thread burns: 6549
worker burn count total 12443100 min 6068 max 6105 avg 6075
run time 30 seconds 414770 worker burns per second

2.6.39-rc3:

worker burn count total 11876900 min 5791 max 5805 avg 5799
run time 30 seconds 395896 worker burns per second

2.6.39-rc3 + mason's semtimedop patches:

worker burn count total 9988300 min 4868 max 4896 avg 4877
run time 30 seconds 332943 worker burns per second

2.6.39-rc3 + mason's patches (no batch wakeup patch):

worker burn count total 9743200 min 4750 max 4786 avg 4757
run time 30 seconds 324773 worker burns per second

2.6.39-rc3 + peterz's patches:

worker burn count total 14430500 min 7038 max 7060 avg 7046
run time 30 seconds 481016 worker burns per second

2.6.39-rc3 + mason's patches + peterz's patches:

worker burn count total 15072700 min 7348 max 7381 avg 7359
run time 30 seconds 502423 worker burns per second


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