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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 0/5] Benchmark and improve event synthesis performance
On Thu, Apr 02, 2020 at 08:43:52AM -0700, Ian Rogers wrote:
> Event synthesis is performance critical in common tasks using perf. For
> example, when perf record starts in system wide mode the /proc file
> system is scanned with events synthesized for each process and all
> executable mmaps. With large machines and lots of processes, we have seen
> O(seconds) of wall clock time while synthesis is occurring.
>
> This patch set adds a benchmark for synthesis performance in a new
> benchmark collection called 'internals'. The benchmark uses the
> machine__synthesize_threads function, single threaded on the perf process
> with a 'tool' that just drops the events, to measure how long synthesis
> takes.
>
> By profiling this benchmark 2 performance bottlenecks were identified,
> hugetlbfs_mountpoint and stdio. The impact of theses changes are:
>
> Before:
> Average synthesis took: 167.616800 usec
> Average data synthesis took: 208.655600 usec
>
> After hugetlbfs_mountpoint scalability fix:
> Average synthesis took: 120.195100 usec
> Average data synthesis took: 156.582300 usec
>
> After removal of stdio in /proc/pid/maps code:
> Average synthesis took: 67.189100 usec
> Average data synthesis took: 102.451600 usec
>
> Time was measured on an Intel Xeon 6154 compiling with Debian gcc 9.2.1.
>
> v2 of this patch set adds the new benchmark to the perf-bench man page
> and addresses review comments from Jiri Olsa, thanks!

Acked-by: Jiri Olsa <jolsa@redhat.com>

thanks,
jirka

>
> Two patches in the set were sent to LKML previously but are included
> here for context around the benchmark performance impact:
> https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200327172914.28603-1-irogers@google.com/T/#u
> https://lore.kernel.org/lkml/20200328014221.168130-1-irogers@google.com/T/#u
>
> A future area of improvement could be to add the perf top
> num-thread-synthesize option more widely to other perf commands, and
> also to benchmark its effectiveness.
>
> Ian Rogers (4):
> perf bench: add event synthesis benchmark
> perf synthetic-events: save 4kb from 2 stack frames
> tools api: add a lightweight buffered reading api
> perf synthetic events: Remove use of sscanf from /proc reading
>
> Stephane Eranian (1):
> tools api fs: make xxx__mountpoint() more scalable
>
> tools/lib/api/fs/fs.c | 17 +++
> tools/lib/api/fs/fs.h | 12 ++
> tools/lib/api/io.h | 107 ++++++++++++++
> tools/perf/Documentation/perf-bench.txt | 8 ++
> tools/perf/bench/Build | 2 +-
> tools/perf/bench/bench.h | 2 +-
> tools/perf/bench/synthesize.c | 101 ++++++++++++++
> tools/perf/builtin-bench.c | 6 +
> tools/perf/util/synthetic-events.c | 177 +++++++++++++++---------
> 9 files changed, 367 insertions(+), 65 deletions(-)
> create mode 100644 tools/lib/api/io.h
> create mode 100644 tools/perf/bench/synthesize.c
>
> --
> 2.26.0.rc2.310.g2932bb562d-goog
>

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