On Fri, Sep 23, 2016 at 6:16 PM, Tomas Vondra
> On 09/23/2016 01:44 AM, Tomas Vondra wrote:
>> The 4.5 kernel clearly changed the results significantly:
>> (c) Although it's not visible in the results, 4.5.5 almost perfectly
>> eliminated the fluctuations in the results. For example when 3.2.80
>> produced this results (10 runs with the same parameters):
>> 12118 11610 27939 11771 18065
>> 12152 14375 10983 13614 11077
>> we get this on 4.5.5
>> 37354 37650 37371 37190 37233
>> 38498 37166 36862 37928 38509
>> Notice how much more even the 4.5.5 results are, compared to 3.2.80.
> The more I think about these random spikes in pgbench performance on 3.2.80,
> the more I find them intriguing. Let me show you another example (from
> Dilip's workload and group-update patch on 64 clients).
> This is on 3.2.80:
> 44175 34619 51944 38384 49066
> 37004 47242 36296 46353 36180
> and on 4.5.5 it looks like this:
> 34400 35559 35436 34890 34626
> 35233 35756 34876 35347 35486
> So the 4.5.5 results are much more even, but overall clearly below 3.2.80.
> How does 3.2.80 manage to do ~50k tps in some of the runs? Clearly we
> randomly do something right, but what is it and why doesn't it happen on the
> new kernel? And how could we do it every time?
As far as I can see you are using default values of min_wal_size,
max_wal_size, checkpoint related params, have you changed default
shared_buffer settings, because that can have a bigger impact. Using
default values of mentioned parameters can lead to checkpoints in
between your runs. Also, I think instead of 5 mins, read-write runs
should be run for 15 mins to get consistent data. For Dilip's
workload where he is using only Select ... For Update, i think it is
okay, but otherwise you need to drop and re-create the database
between each run, otherwise data bloat could impact the readings.
I think in general, the impact should be same for both the kernels
because you are using same parameters, but I think if use appropriate
parameters, then you can get consistent results for 3.2.80. I have
also seen variation in read-write tests, but the variation you are
showing is really a matter of concern, because it will be difficult to
rely on final data.
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