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From: Nick Piggin <nickpiggin@yahoo.com.au>
To: Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@suse.de>
Cc: Anton Blanchard <anton@samba.org>, Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com>,
	Lorenzo Allegrucci <l_allegrucci@yahoo.it>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, Ingo Molnar <mingo@elte.hu>,
	Suparna Bhattacharya <suparna@in.ibm.com>,
	Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com>
Subject: Re: SMP performance degradation with sysbench
Date: Tue, 13 Mar 2007 21:06:14 +1100	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <45F67796.4040508@yahoo.com.au> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20070313094559.GC8992@v2.random>

Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> On Tue, Mar 13, 2007 at 04:11:02PM +1100, Nick Piggin wrote:
> 
>>Hi Anton,
>>
>>Very cool. Yeah I had come to the conclusion that it wasn't a kernel
>>issue, and basically was afraid to look into userspace ;)
> 
> 
> btw, regardless of what glibc is doing, still the cpu shouldn't go
> idle IMHO. Even if we're overscheduling and trashing over the mmap_sem
> with threads (no idea if other OS schedules the task away when they
> find the other cpu in the mmap critical section), or if we've
> overscheduling with futex locking, the cpu usage should remain 100%
> system time in the worst case. The only explanation for going idle
> legitimately could be on HT cpus where HT may hurt more than help but
> on real multicore it shouldn't happen.
> 

Well ignoring the HT issue, I was seeing lots of idle time simply
because userspace could not keep up enough load to the scheduler.
There simply were fewer runnable tasks than CPU cores.

But it wasn't a case of all CPUs going idle, just most of them ;)

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  reply	other threads:[~2007-03-13 10:06 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 45+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2007-02-25 17:44 Lorenzo Allegrucci
2007-02-25 23:46 ` Rik van Riel
2007-02-26 13:36   ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-26 13:41     ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-26 22:04     ` Pete Harlan
2007-02-26 22:36       ` Dave Jones
2007-02-27  0:32         ` Hiro Yoshioka
2007-02-27  0:43           ` Rik van Riel
2007-02-27  4:03             ` Hiro Yoshioka
2007-02-27  4:31               ` Rik van Riel
2007-02-27  8:14                 ` J.A. Magallón
2007-02-27 14:02                   ` Rik van Riel
2007-02-27 14:56                     ` Paulo Marques
2007-02-27 20:40                       ` Nish Aravamudan
2007-02-28  2:21                       ` Bill Davidsen
2007-02-28  2:52                         ` Nish Aravamudan
2007-03-01  0:20                           ` Nish Aravamudan
2007-02-27 19:05                     ` Lorenzo Allegrucci
2007-03-01 16:57                       ` Lorenzo Allegrucci
2007-02-28  1:27     ` Nish Aravamudan
2007-02-28  2:22       ` Nick Piggin
2007-02-28  2:51         ` Nish Aravamudan
2007-03-12 22:00     ` Anton Blanchard
2007-03-13  5:11       ` Nick Piggin
2007-03-13  9:45         ` Andrea Arcangeli
2007-03-13 10:06           ` Nick Piggin [this message]
2007-03-13 10:31             ` Andrea Arcangeli
2007-03-13 10:37               ` Nick Piggin
2007-03-13 10:57                 ` Andrea Arcangeli
2007-03-13 11:12                   ` Nick Piggin
2007-03-13 11:40                     ` Eric Dumazet
2007-03-13 11:56                       ` Nick Piggin
2007-03-13 11:42                     ` Andrea Arcangeli
2007-03-13 12:02                       ` Eric Dumazet
2007-03-13 12:27                         ` Jakub Jelinek
2007-03-13 12:08                       ` Nick Piggin
2007-03-14 23:33                         ` Siddha, Suresh B
2007-03-20  2:29                           ` Zhang, Yanmin
2007-04-02  2:59                             ` Zhang, Yanmin
2007-03-13  6:00       ` Eric Dumazet
2007-03-14  0:36       ` Nish Aravamudan
2007-03-14  1:00         ` Eric Dumazet
2007-03-14  1:09           ` Nish Aravamudan
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2007-02-28  0:20           ` Robert Hancock
2007-02-28  1:32             ` Hiro Yoshioka

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