On Thu, Aug 11, 2016 at 12:13:09PM -0400, Jeff King wrote:
> Here are the numbers for linux.git:
> depth | size | % | rev-list | % | log -Sfoo | %
> 250 | 967MB | n/a | 48.159s | n/a | 378.088 | n/a
> 100 | 971MB | +0.4% | 41.471s | -13.9% | 342.060 | -9.5%
> 50 | 979MB | +1.2% | 37.778s | -21.6% | 311.040s | -17.7%
> 10 | 1.1GB | +6.6% | 32.518s | -32.5% | 279.890s | -25.9%
> You can see that that the CPU savings for regular operations improves as we
> decrease the depth. The savings are less for "rev-list" on a smaller
> than they are for blob-accessing operations, or even rev-list on a larger
> repository. This may mean that a larger delta cache would help (though setting
> core.deltaBaseCacheLimit by itself doesn't).
The problem with deltaBaseCacheLimit is that it only changes the memory
parameter, but there are a fixed number of slots in the data structure.
Bumping it like this:
diff --git a/sha1_file.c b/sha1_file.c
index 02940f1..ca79703 100644
@@ -2073,7 +2073,7 @@ static void *unpack_compressed_entry(struct packed_git *p,
-#define MAX_DELTA_CACHE (256)
+#define MAX_DELTA_CACHE (1024)
static size_t delta_base_cached;
along with the cache size does help (this was discussed a year or two
ago, but nobody ever followed up with numbers or patches).
Here are best-of-3 numbers for rev-list on linux.git at each depth with
that patch and "-c core.deltabasecachelimit=256m":
depth | time
250 | 36.524s
100 | 33.200s
50 | 31.065s
10 | 28.266s
So there's clearly a lot of room for improvement on the reading side in
general. And doing so clearly lessens the impact of the delta chains.
But you still get a 15% improvement moving to depth=50, versus only a
1.2% storage increase. So I don't think it fundamentally changes the
conclusion of the "depth=50" patch I'm responding to.
I don't think bumping MAX_DELTA_CACHE naively is a good idea, though. I
seem to recall that it has scaling problems as it grows, so we may want
a better data structure (but I haven't looked at it recently enough to
say anything intelligent). I might work on it in the near future, but if
anybody is interested, please be my guest.
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