Re: [net-next RFC V5 0/5] Multiqueue virtio-net

From: Rick Jones
Date: Fri Jul 06 2012 - 12:23:25 EST

On 07/06/2012 12:42 AM, Jason Wang wrote:
I'm not expert of tcp, but looks like the changes are reasonable:
- we can do full-sized TSO check in tcp_tso_should_defer() only for
westwood, according to tcp westwood
- run tcp_tso_should_defer for tso_segs = 1 when tso is enabled.

I'm sure Eric and David will weigh-in on the TCP change. My initial inclination would have been to say "well, if multiqueue is draining faster, that means ACKs come-back faster, which means the "race" between more data being queued by netperf and ACKs will go more to the ACKs which means the segments being sent will be smaller - as TCP_NODELAY is not set, the Nagle algorithm is in force, which means once there is data outstanding on the connection, no more will be sent until either the outstanding data is ACKed, or there is an accumulation of > MSS worth of data to send.

Also, how are you combining the concurrent netperf results? Are you
taking sums of what netperf reports, or are you gathering statistics
outside of netperf?

The throughput were just sumed from netperf result like what netperf
manual suggests. The cpu utilization were measured by mpstat.

Which mechanism to address skew error? The netperf manual describes more than one:

Personally, my preference these days is to use the "demo mode" method of aggregate results as it can be rather faster than (ab)using the confidence intervals mechanism, which I suspect may not really scale all that well to large numbers of concurrent netperfs.

I also tend to use the --enable-burst configure option to allow me to minimize the number of concurrent netperfs in the first place. Set TCP_NODELAY (the test-specific -D option) and then have several transactions outstanding at one time (test-specific -b option with a number of additional in-flight transactions).

This is expressed in the script:

which uses the script:

to pick the burst size to use in the concurrent netperfs, the results of which can be post-processed with:

The nice feature of using the "demo mode" mechanism is when it is coupled with systems with reasonably synchronized clocks (eg NTP) it can be used for many-to-many testing in addition to one-to-many testing (which cannot be dealt with by the confidence interval method of dealing with skew error)

A single instance TCP_RR test would help confirm/refute any
non-trivial change in (effective) path length between the two cases.

Yes, I would test this thanks.


happy benchmarking,

rick jones

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