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From: Mark Wong <>
To: Nick Piggin <>
Subject: Re: hyperthreading performance with dbt-2 on 2.6.0-test11
Date: Mon, 8 Dec 2003 19:12:58 -0800	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <>; from on Tue, Dec 09, 2003 at 11:17:26AM +1100

On Tue, Dec 09, 2003 at 11:17:26AM +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> wrote:
> >Hello, I have some data with hyperthreading I wanted to share.
> >
> >I've seen about a 15% performance decrease in performance on a 4-way
> >Xeon system when I enable hyperthreading for my DBT-2 workload.  I also
> >gave Ingo's test11-C1 patch that someone pointed me to a try and only
> >saw a 12% decrease. Has anyone found this to be common with any specific
> >workloads?
> >
> >I'm not really sure what to look for, but I do see some changes in the
> >readprofile data, which I've copied in part below.  It appears that the
> >count of schedule, __make_request, and try_to_wake_up are the only
> >functions at the top of the profile that are significantly different.
> >The links I have posted also have pointers to oprofile data as well as
> >annotated assembly source output, if that interests anyone.  If I can
> >provide any other details, let me know.
> >
> Hi Mark,
> It could be cache contention which I think is typically the reason
> hyperthreading can hurt performance. Its basically impossible for
> the scheduler to correct this automatically (access to performance
> counters might make it slightly less impossible).
> Probably the CPU hotplug interface would enable a tool to effectively
> turn HT on or off and it would be up to an administrator to tune
> performance.
> You could try my scheduler patchset if you like. I have recently got
> HT support working (its against test11, you need to turn CONFIG_SMT
> on), although if Ingo's patch doesn't help much, mine probably won't
> either.

Hi Nick,

Went ahead and tried your patch, but it looks like something's wrong.  If
this helps any:

Process postmaster (pid: 1086, threadinfo=f5c40000 task=f5c586b0)
Stack: f5c5007b 0000007b ffffffff c011f488 00000060 00010046 00000005 c322ccc0 
       c322c060 00000002 f5c5bdbc f686cb90 f686cb90 f5c41d4c f7f93940 f5ca6080 
       00000007 00000000 c322ccc0 00006f12 03d99f34 0000033d f5c586b0 f5c41dbc 
Call Trace:                                                                      [<c011f488>] schedule+0x380/0x705
 [<c01ff412>] sys_semtimedop+0x460/0x530
 [<c011e5bb>] find_busiest_group+0x2bc/0x2e3
 [<c02c69ea>] p4_check_ctrs+0xab/0x11b      
 [<c011e5bb>] find_busiest_group+0x2bc/0x2e3
 [<c02c5a5d>] nmi_callback+0x25/0x29        
 [<c014218d>] buffered_rmqueue+0xea/0x199
 [<c010b8f5>] nmi_stack_correct+0x1e/0x2e
 [<c01422eb>] __alloc_pages+0xaf/0x334   
 [<c014007b>] generic_file_aio_write_nolock+0x298/0xa9e
 [<c014d0c2>] do_anonymous_page+0x16a/0x28b            
 [<c014d80b>] handle_mm_fault+0x101/0x1ad  
 [<c011c4f5>] do_page_fault+0x2fa/0x4fc  
 [<c011eb6d>] rebalance_tick+0x8a/0x91 
 [<c02c4368>] oprofile_add_sample+0x9b/0x117
 [<c02c69ea>] p4_check_ctrs+0xab/0x11b      
 [<c0111ec4>] sys_ipc+0x61/0x2ae      
 [<c02c5a5d>] nmi_callback+0x25/0x29
 [<c010c839>] do_nmi+0x39/0x5a      
 [<c010ad4d>] sysenter_past_esp+0x52/0x71
Code:  Bad EIP value.

  reply	other threads:[~2003-12-09  3:13 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 5+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2003-12-08 23:54 hyperthreading performance with dbt-2 on 2.6.0-test11 markw
2003-12-09  0:17 ` Nick Piggin
2003-12-09  3:12   ` Mark Wong [this message]
2003-12-09  3:27     ` Nick Piggin
2003-12-09  3:37       ` Mark Wong

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