On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 04:33:50PM +0100, Borislav Petkov wrote:
On Tue, Jan 19, 2021 at 11:09:03PM +0800, Feng Tang wrote:
> Yes, that can happen. I started a 4 tasks netperf on a 4C/8T KBL desktop,
> and also saw around 2% improvement. Both the kernel config and the
> platform matters.
Oh great. ;-\
> For the performance changes I have checked, sometimes the change can be
> reproduced on platforms of different generations (the exact delta number
> may differs), sometimes it can only be reproduced on one specific platform,
> like some old generation, or special one like Xeon Phi.
Probably because that Xeon Phi thing is not as powerful cache-wise as
some newer ones which have bigger caches and smarter hw prefetchers,
Yes, cache size/architecture/policy plays a critical role in these
benchmarking, which is our first thing to check for these strange
kernel performance changes.