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Date:	Wed, 05 Dec 2007 11:22:48 -0500
From:	Jie Chen <chen@...b.org>
To:	Ingo Molnar <mingo@...e.hu>
CC:	Simon Holm Th??gersen <odie@...aau.dk>,
	Eric Dumazet <dada1@...mosbay.com>,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
	Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@...llo.nl>
Subject: Re: Possible bug from kernel 2.6.22 and above, 2.6.24-rc4

Ingo Molnar wrote:
> * Jie Chen <chen@...b.org> wrote:
> 
>> I just ran the same test on two 2.6.24-rc4 kernels: one with 
>> CONFIG_FAIR_GROUP_SCHED on and the other with CONFIG_FAIR_GROUP_SCHED 
>> off. The odd behavior I described in my previous e-mails were still 
>> there for both kernels. Let me know If I can be any more help. Thank 
>> you.
> 
> ok, i had a look at your data, and i think this is the result of the 
> scheduler balancing out to idle CPUs more agressively than before. Doing 
> that is almost always a good idea though - but indeed it can result in 
> "bad" numbers if all you do is to measure the ping-pong "performance" 
> between two threads. (with no real work done by any of them).
> 

My test code are not doing much work but measuring overhead of various 
synchronization mechanisms such as barrier and lock. I am trying to see 
the scalability of different implementations/algorithms on multi-core 
machines.

> the moment you saturate the system a bit more, the numbers should 
> improve even with such a ping-pong test.
> 
You are right. If I manually do load balance (bind unrelated processes 
on the other cores), my test code perform as well as it did in the 
kernel 2.6.21.
> do you have testcode (or a modification of your testcase sourcecode) 
> that simulates a real-life situation where 2.6.24-rc4 performs not as 
> well as you'd like it to see? (or if qmt.tar.gz already contains that 
> then please point me towards that portion of the test and how i should 
> run it - thanks!)

The qmt.tar.gz code contains a simple test program call pthread_sync 
under the src directory. You can change the number of threads by setting 
QMT_NUM_THREADS environment variable. You can build the qmt by doing 
configure --enable-public-release. I do not have Intel quad core 
machines, I am not sure whether the behavior will show up on Intel 
platform. Our cluster is dual quad-core opteron which has its own 
hardware problem :-).
http://hardware.slashdot.org/article.pl?sid=07/12/04/237248&from=rss

> 
> 	Ingo

Hi, Ingo:

My test code qmt can be found at ftp://ftp.jlab.org/pub/hpc/qmt.tar.gz. 
There is a minor performance issue in qmt pointed out by Eric, which I 
have not put into the tar ball yet. If I can be any help, please let me 
know. Thank you very much.



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