Re: Linux v2.4.19-rc5

From: Rik van Riel (
Date: Tue Aug 06 2002 - 09:20:04 EST

On 6 Aug 2002, Steven Cole wrote:

> That last one looks like the biggest cheat. Rather than optimizing for
> dbench, is there a set of pessimizing numbers which would optimally turn
> dbench into a semi-useful tool for measuring meaningful IO performance?
> Or is dbench really only useful for stress testing?

Yes, dbench is only useful as a stress testing tool.

A minor varation in kernel behaviour can change dbench
throughput by an order of magnitude and I'm not talking
about any specific kernel component here ... ANY kernel
component could trigger it.

While it is easy to measure dbench throughput, it is
nearly impossible to:

1) analyse why dbench throughput changed from kernel to kernel

2) predict the relation (if any) these changes in dbench
   throughput have with changes in performance of real
   applications, if any

3) identify which kernel subsystem was responsible for the
   change in dbench performance



Bravely reimplemented by the knights who say "NIH".

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