Re: RFC: NUMA modifications to cyclictest

From: Clark Williams
Date: Wed Jan 20 2010 - 08:37:55 EST

On Wed, 20 Jan 2010 07:51:41 +0100 (CET)
Thomas Gleixner <tglx@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:

> On Tue, 19 Jan 2010, Clark Williams wrote:
> > RT-ers,
> >
> > Lately we've been struggling with some performance issues on high-core
> > count (>16 cores) NUMA machines with the RT kernel. During the course
> > of troubleshooting this issue, we tried using the 'numactl' program to
> > constrain our measurement testing tool (rteval) to a particular memory
> > node, rather than letting everything float. Doing so showed marked
> > improvement in both max latency and jitter. While this doesn't solve
> > our performance problems I thought it might make sense to have a --numa
> > mode for cylictest that compliments the --smp mode just added.
> >
> > The big difference here is that when using --numa, each measurement
> > thread (one per cpu) has it's stack allocated from the memory node
> > associated with it's cpu. Also, the major data structures for each
> > thread (parameter block, statistics block and histogram) are allocated
> > from the appropriate node. This is done with calls into libnuma,
> > which means this will add a dependency on libnuma.
> That might cause some trouble for embedded folks. :(

Yeah, that's why I send the RFC, wanted to see who would hate me for
it :).

Carsten already told me off-list that one of his build machines didn't
have numa.h, so I'm going to have to rearrange the build a bit.

As much as I hate to say it, I think the best option is to use autoconf
to detect if libnuma is available on the build platform and to take
appropriate steps if it's not.

The other idea I toyed with was dynamic loading of libnuma so there's
not an install dependency for the libnuma package with the rt-tests
package. I only use five functions from libnuma, so that's not too bad
a set of function pointers to manage. Hmmm, that probably won't work
very well, since I'll still have to include numa.h. Sigh...


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