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Re: mutexes, locks and so on...

On Wed, Nov 24, 2010 at 04:52:38PM +0200, Antti Kantee wrote:
> Thanks, I'll use your list as a starting point.  One question though:
> On Wed Nov 24 2010 at 00:16:37 +0000, Andrew Doran wrote:
> > - on a static, unchanging source tree.
> >From the SSP discussion I have a recollection that can be
> very jittery, up to the order of 1% per build.  I've never confirmed it
> myself, though.  Did you notice anything like that?

There are other issues associated with as a benchmark.

        * What are you trying to test?  If you're trying to test the
          efficiency of cache algorithms or the I/O subsystem (including
          disk sort), for example, you need to test pairs of runs with
          a cold boot of *ALL INVOLVED HARDWARE* (this includes disk
          arrays etc) between each.

          * If SSDs, hybrid disks, or other potentially self-reorganizing
            media are involved, forget it, you just basically lose.

          * If you're trying to test everything *but* the cache and I/O
            subsystem, then you need to use a "warm up" procedure you can
            have reasonable confidence works, for example always measuring
            the Nth of N consecutive builds.

          * It can be hard to construct a system configuration where NetBSD
            kernel performance is actually the bottleneck and some other
            hardware limitation is not.  Or where there's only a single

It's a good macrobenchmark but be careful.  And report results in a
comprehensive way.


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