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SubjectRe: [PATCH] IPI performance benchmark
On Wed, Dec 13, 2017 at 01:47:47PM +0300, Yury Norov wrote:
> On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 10:33:32AM -0500, Konrad Rzeszutek Wilk wrote:
> > On Mon, Dec 11, 2017 at 05:16:00PM +0300, Yury Norov wrote:
> > > This benchmark sends many IPIs in different modes and measures
> > > time for IPI delivery (first column), and total time, ie including
> > > time to acknowledge the receive by sender (second column).
> > >
> > > The scenarios are:
> > > Dry-run: do everything except actually sending IPI. Useful
> > > to estimate system overhead.
> > > Self-IPI: Send IPI to self CPU.
> > > Normal IPI: Send IPI to some other CPU.
> > > Broadcast IPI: Send broadcast IPI to all online CPUs.
> > >
> > > For virtualized guests, sending and reveiving IPIs causes guest exit.
> > > I used this test to measure performance impact on KVM subsystem of
> > > Christoffer Dall's series "Optimize KVM/ARM for VHE systems".
> > >
> > > https://www.spinics.net/lists/kvm/msg156755.html
> > >
> > > Test machine is ThunderX2, 112 online CPUs. Below the results normalized
> > > to host dry-run time. Smaller - better.
> >
> > Would it make sense to also add spinlock contention tests? Meaning make
> > this framework a bit more generic so you could do IPI and you could
> > also do spinlock contention?
> >
> > Like:
> > http://xenbits.xen.org/gitweb/?p=xentesttools/bootstrap.git;a=blob;f=root_image/drivers/spinlock_hog/spinlock_hog.c;h=040a154808452576b1aa5720a6282981319a5360;hb=HEAD
>
> There's kernel/locking/locktorture.c for spinlock testing. Maybe it
> worth to add new testcase there? If you find my 'framework' more
> suitable for you, I'm also OK with it. Is my understanding correct
> that you want something like broadcast IPI case, but with different
> payload?

Yes, exactly!

But as I said, you have probably other things on your mind so this
is more of - 'it would be cool if you could do it, but if you don't
get to it - I understand' type.

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