On 2014-02-04 00:38:19 +0100, Andres Freund wrote:
> > > A quick hack (attached) making BufferDescriptor 64byte aligned indeed
> > > restored performance across all max_connections settings. It's not
> > > surprising that a misaligned buffer descriptor causes problems -
> > > there'll be plenty of false sharing of the spinlocks otherwise. Curious
> > > that the the intel machine isn't hurt much by this.
> > I think that is explained here:
> > http://www.agner.org/optimize/blog/read.php?i=142&v=t
> > With Sandy Bridge, "Misaligned memory operands [are] handled efficiently".
> No, I don't think so. Those improvements afair refer to unaligned
> accesses as in accessing a 4 byte variable at address % 4 != 0.
So, Christian did some benchmarking on the intel machine, and his
results were also lower than mine, and I've since confirmed that it's
also possible to reproduce the alignment problems on the intel machine.
Which imo means fixing this got more important...
Andres Freund http://www.2ndQuadrant.com/
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