One of the goals of this thread (as I understand it) was to make the overall
behavior smoother - eliminate sudden drops in transaction rate due to bursts
of random I/O etc.
One way to look at this is in terms of how much the tps fluctuates, so let's
see some charts. I've collected per-second tps measurements (using the
aggregation built into pgbench) but looking at that directly is pretty
pointless because it's very difficult to compare two noisy lines jumping up
So instead let's see CDF of the per-second tps measurements. I.e. we have
3600 tps measurements, and given a tps value the question is what percentage
of the measurements is below this value.
y = Probability(tps <= x)
We prefer higher values, and the ideal behavior would be that we get exactly
the same tps every second. Thus an ideal CDF line would be a step line. Of
course, that's rarely the case in practice. But comparing two CDF curves is
easy - the line more to the right is better, at least for tps measurements,
where we prefer higher values.
Very nice and interesting graphs!
Alas not easy to interpret for the HDD, as there are better/worse
variation all along the distribution, the lines cross one another, so how
it fares overall is unclear.
Maybe a simple indication would be to compute the standard deviation on
the per second tps? The median maybe interesting as well.
I do have some more data, but those are the most interesting charts. The rest
usually shows about the same thing (or nothing).
Overall, I'm not quite sure the patches actually achieve the intended goals.
On the 10k SAS drives I got better performance, but apparently much more
variable behavior. On SSDs, I get a bit worse results.
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