Re: [PATCH] Optimize struct task_delay_info

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On Wed, 2007-07-11 at 17:16 +0530, Balbir Singh wrote:
> Zhang, Yanmin wrote:
> > struct task_delay_info is used by per process block I/O delay statistics
> > feature which is useful in kernel. This struct is not optimized.
> > 
> > My patch against kernel 2.6.22 shrinks it a half.
> > 
> > 1) Delete blkio_start and blkio_end. As the collection happens in
> > io_schedule and io_schedule_timeout, we use local variables to
> > replace them;
> > 2) Delete lock. The change to the protected data has no nested cases.
> > In addition, the result is for performance data collection, so it’s
> > unnecessary to add such lock. 
> > 3) Delete flags. It just has one value. Use the most significant bit of
> > blkio_delay (64 bits) to mark it..
> > 
> > 
> > Signed-off-by: Zhang Yanmin <[email protected]>
> Hi, Yanmin,
> Did you see any particular performance issues with the delay accounting
> patches? Is the patch tested; could you please provide test results?
It's hard to find an appropriate benchmark to test it. Anyway, I used sysbench
to test it on my x86_64 machine. My machine has 16 logical cpu, dual-core+hyperThread.
memory is 8GB and disk is one SATA.

I tested both sequence and rand.
1) seq read/write:use command line:
echo "3">/proc/sys/vm/drop_caches; sysbench --test=fileio --file-test-mode=seqrewr
--num-threads=32 --file-total-size=1500M --max-requests=150000 --max-time=3000 run;

Run the command for 20 times and get average result:
Without patch: 49.7511Mb/sec
With patch: 51.6557Mb/sec
Improvement: 3.8%

2) Rand read/write:use command line:
echo "3">/proc/sys/vm/drop_caches; sysbench --test=fileio --file-test-mode=rndrw
--num-threads=32 --file-total-size=800M --max-requests=15000 --max-time=3000 run;

Run the command for 10 times and get average result:
Without patch: 7.25657Mb/sec
With patch: 7.35052Mb/sec
Improvement: 1.3%

I didn't use application to read the delay accounting info. If I did, I guess the improvement
is better.

> Meanwhile, I'll review these patches and I am correcting Shailabh's id
> to his new email id.

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