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Re: HyperThreading

From: Venkatesh Srinivas <me@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Feb 2011 17:48:46 -0500

On Fri, Feb 18, 2011 at 3:48 PM, Saman Barghi <saman.b@gmail.com> wrote:

Could you try -master? There has been fairly substantial work since the 2.8 release; all of the tokens in 2.8 are still taking the MP lock as a precaution. That is no longer the case in master. The process token has been broken up fairly dramatically in master as well, so I expect to see different results.
Sorry, I am not following, by master you mean the master branch !?

Yep; we produce CD snapshots each night, they're from the latest git code as of that day.

Can you give us a bit more information about the h/w and configuration? In Kris Kennaway's tests, he was seeing FreeBSD 7 sustain 8 times the number of transactions you're reporting for 8.1, and that was for hardware that is three or four years old at this point.

I see, good point. The machine I am testing on  is a  4 core xeon with 2GB of RAM, and I it is  2 to 3 years old as well (The machine Kris were using was a "2.0Ghz 8-core amd64 system with 16GB of RAM", so as it has twice the number of cores and 8 times more memory than what I have here, I think the results are fair for number of transactions). I might be able to re run the tests on another machine if I get lucky. MySQL configuration is exactly the same as what Kris used (http://people.freebsd.org/~kris/scaling/my.cnf), I am using MySQL 5.0.91. Here is the sysbench command :

http://people.freebsd.org/~kris/scaling/4cpu-mysql.png was on a 4 x p3 700mhz; I believe (but we should ask Kris) that the opterons were not used for the cross-OS comparisons; they were used for the fbsd 5.5 vs 6.2 vs 7.0 tests. (see the titles on that graph vs the cross-OS comparison). Happen to know what sort of Xeons exactly?
sysbench --test=oltp --num-threads=${i} --mysql-user=root --max-time=120 --max-requests=0 --oltp-read- run

Also, I am not sure if Kris is talking about queries/sec or transactions/sec, since he used both of them in two different graphs he presented. What I presented is the number of transactions as reported by sysbench, however the total number of queries are much more than this, take a look at this: http://www.cs.uwaterloo.ca/~sbarghi/bench/queries1.jpg

Ah, okay; I only used Transactions/sec.
Also, last I tried sysbench/OLTP with MySQL on dfly, I saw MySQL making many 256K allocations, which fall back to mmap() in our system. mmap() acquires the VM token, so I expected to see a much more dramatic falloff than you saw.
I will double check if everything is working properly and there is no mistake in configuration of both machines. Do you remember which version of MySQL you were using ?and What is the best way of profiling in DragonFly ?!

I used MySQL 5.1.37 I believe. Watch the output of systat -pv; you'll be able to see contended tokens.

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