Re: [PATCH v5 2/2] skb_array: ring test
From: Michael S. Tsirkin
Date: Tue May 24 2016 - 16:34:29 EST
On Tue, May 24, 2016 at 07:03:20PM +0200, Jesper Dangaard Brouer wrote:
> On Tue, 24 May 2016 12:28:09 +0200
> Jesper Dangaard Brouer <brouer@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> > I do like perf, but it does not answer my questions about the
> > performance of this queue. I will code something up in my own
> > framework to answer my own performance questions.
> > Like what is be minimum overhead (in cycles) achievable with this type
> > of queue, in the most optimal situation (e.g. same CPU enq+deq cache hot)
> > for fastpath usage.
> Coded it up here:
> This is a really fake benchmark, but it sort of shows the minimum
> overhead achievable with this type of queue, where it is the same
> CPU enqueuing and dequeuing, and cache is guaranteed to be hot.
> Measured on a i7-4790K CPU @ 4.00GHz, the average cost of
> enqueue+dequeue of a single object is around 102 cycles(tsc).
> To compare this with below, where enq and deq is measured separately:
> 102 / 2 = 51 cycles
> > Then I also want to know how this performs when two CPUs are involved.
> > As this is also a primary use-case, for you when sending packets into a
> > guest.
> Coded it up here:
> This parallel benchmark try to keep two (or more) CPUs busy enqueuing or
> dequeuing on the same skb_array queue. It prefills the queue,
> and stops the test as soon as queue is empty or full, or
> completes a number of "loops"/cycles.
> For two CPUs the results are really good:
> enqueue: 54 cycles(tsc)
> dequeue: 53 cycles(tsc)
> Going to 4 CPUs, things break down (but it was not primary use-case?):
> CPU(0) 927 cycles(tsc) enqueue
> CPU(1) 921 cycles(tsc) dequeue
> CPU(2) 927 cycles(tsc) enqueue
> CPU(3) 898 cycles(tsc) dequeue
It's mostly the spinlock contention I guess.
Maybe we don't need fair spinlocks in this case.
Try replacing spinlocks with simple cmpxchg
and see what happens?