netperf ~50% regression with 2.6.33-rc1, bisect to 1b9508f

From: Lin Ming
Date: Mon Jan 25 2010 - 05:20:22 EST


The netperf lookback regression comes back again.
UDP stream test has ~50% regression with 2.6.33-rc1 compared to 2.6.32.

Testing machine: Nehalem, 2 sockets, 4 cores, hyper thread, 4G mem
Server and client are bind to different physical cpu.

taskset -c 15 ./netserver
taskset -c 0 ./netperf -t UDP_STREAM -l 60 -H -i 50,3 -I 99,5
-- -P 12384,12888 -s 32768 -S 32768 -m 1024

Bisect to below commit,

commit 1b9508f6831e10d53256825de8904caa22d1ca2c
Author: Mike Galbraith <efault@xxxxxx>
Date: Wed Nov 4 17:53:50 2009 +0100

sched: Rate-limit newidle

Rate limit newidle to migration_cost. It's a win for all
stages of sysbench oltp tests.

Signed-off-by: Mike Galbraith <efault@xxxxxx>
Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@xxxxxxxxx>
LKML-Reference: <new-submission>
Signed-off-by: Ingo Molnar <mingo@xxxxxxx>

Interesting, this commit was originally fixed the similar UDP stream
test regression on a tulsa machine in 2.6.32-rc1, see below threads
But now it introduces a regression on a Nehalem machine.

This regression seems caused by a lot of rescheduling IPI.

Perf top data as below, note "default_send_IPI_mask_sequence_phys"

samples pcnt function DSO
_______ _____ ___________________________________ _________________

1407.00 6.8% _spin_lock_bh [kernel.kallsyms]
1330.00 6.4% copy_user_generic_string [kernel.kallsyms]
1017.00 4.9% _spin_lock_irq [kernel.kallsyms]
968.00 4.7% default_send_IPI_mask_sequence_phys [kernel.kallsyms]
891.00 4.3% acpi_os_read_port [kernel.kallsyms]
818.00 4.0% sock_alloc_send_pskb [kernel.kallsyms]
776.00 3.8% _spin_lock_irqsave [kernel.kallsyms]
757.00 3.7% __udp4_lib_lookup [kernel.kallsyms]

/proc/interrupts shows a lot of "Rescheduling interrupts" that are send
from CPU 0(client) to CPU 15(server).

With above commit, the idle balance was rate limited, so CPU 15(server,
waiting data from client) is idle at most time.

CPU0(client) executes as below,


This causes a lot of rescheduling IPI.

This commit can't be reverted due to conflict, so I just add below code
to disable "Rate-limit newidle" and the performance was recovered.

diff --git a/kernel/sched.c b/kernel/sched.c
index 18cceee..588fdef 100644
--- a/kernel/sched.c
+++ b/kernel/sched.c
@@ -4421,9 +4421,6 @@ static void idle_balance(int this_cpu, struct rq *this_rq)

this_rq->idle_stamp = this_rq->clock;

- if (this_rq->avg_idle < sysctl_sched_migration_cost)
- return;
for_each_domain(this_cpu, sd) {
unsigned long interval;

Lin Ming

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