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SubjectRe: [x86/mm/pat] 8d04a5f97a: phoronix-test-suite.glmark2.0.score -23.7% regression
On Sat, Nov 30, 2019 at 2:09 PM Mariusz Ceier <mceier@gmail.com> wrote:
>
> Contents of /sys/kernel/debug/x86/pat_memtype_list on master
> (32ef9553635ab1236c33951a8bd9b5af1c3b1646) where performance is
> degraded:

Diff between good and bad case:

@@ -1,8 +1,8 @@
PAT memtype list:
write-back @ 0x55ba4000-0x55ba5000
write-back @ 0x5e88c000-0x5e8b5000
-write-back @ 0x5e8b4000-0x5e8b8000
write-back @ 0x5e8b4000-0x5e8b5000
+write-back @ 0x5e8b4000-0x5e8b8000
write-back @ 0x5e8b7000-0x5e8bb000
write-back @ 0x5e8ba000-0x5e8bc000
write-back @ 0x5e8bb000-0x5e8be000
@@ -21,15 +21,15 @@
uncached-minus @ 0xec260000-0xec264000
uncached-minus @ 0xec300000-0xec320000
uncached-minus @ 0xec326000-0xec327000
-uncached-minus @ 0xf0000000-0xf0001000
uncached-minus @ 0xf0000000-0xf8000000
+uncached-minus @ 0xf0000000-0xf0001000
uncached-minus @ 0xfdc43000-0xfdc44000
uncached-minus @ 0xfe000000-0xfe001000
uncached-minus @ 0xfed00000-0xfed01000
uncached-minus @ 0xfed10000-0xfed16000
uncached-minus @ 0xfed90000-0xfed91000
-write-combining @ 0x2000000000-0x2100000000
-write-combining @ 0x2000000000-0x2100000000
+uncached-minus @ 0x2000000000-0x2100000000
+uncached-minus @ 0x2000000000-0x2100000000
uncached-minus @ 0x2100000000-0x2100001000
uncached-minus @ 0x2100001000-0x2100002000
uncached-minus @ 0x2ffff10000-0x2ffff20000

the first two differences are just trivial ordering differences for
overlapping ranges (starting at 0x5e8b4000 and 0xf0000000)
respectively.

But the final difference is a real difference where it used to be WC,
and is now UC-:

-write-combining @ 0x2000000000-0x2100000000
-write-combining @ 0x2000000000-0x2100000000
+uncached-minus @ 0x2000000000-0x2100000000
+uncached-minus @ 0x2000000000-0x2100000000

which certainly could easily explain the huge performance degradation.

Linus

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