RE: Mainline kernel OLTP performance update

From: Steven Rostedt
Date: Mon Jan 19 2009 - 14:08:50 EST

On Mon, 2009-01-19 at 13:55 -0500, Chris Mason wrote:

> I wasn't actually looking at the cost of the checks, even though they do
> look higher (if they are using CONFIG_CPUMASK_OFFSTACK anyway).
> The 2.6.24 code would trigger a rescheduling interrupt only when the
> prio of the inbound task was higher than the running task.
> This workload has a large number of equal priority rt tasks that are not
> bound to a single CPU, and so I think it should trigger more
> preempts/reschedules with the today's check_preempt_equal_prio().

Ah yeah. This is one of the things that shows RT being more "responsive"
but less on performance. An RT task wants to run ASAP even if that means
there's a chance of more interrupts and higher cache misses.

The old way would be much faster in general through put, but I measured
RT tasks taking up to tens of milliseconds to get scheduled. This is
unacceptable for an RT task.

-- Steve

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