[LKP] [drm/mgag200] 90f479ae51: vm-scalability.median -18.8% regression
tzimmermann at suse.de
Thu Aug 22 17:25:11 UTC 2019
I was traveling and could reply earlier. Sorry for taking so long.
Am 13.08.19 um 11:36 schrieb Feng Tang:
> Hi Thomas,
> On Mon, Aug 12, 2019 at 03:25:45PM +0800, Feng Tang wrote:
>> Hi Thomas,
>> On Fri, Aug 09, 2019 at 04:12:29PM +0800, Rong Chen wrote:
>>>>> Actually we run the benchmark as a background process, do we need to
>>>>> disable the cursor and test again?
>>>> There's a worker thread that updates the display from the shadow buffer.
>>>> The blinking cursor periodically triggers the worker thread, but the
>>>> actual update is just the size of one character.
>>>> The point of the test without output is to see if the regression comes
>>> >from the buffer update (i.e., the memcpy from shadow buffer to VRAM), or
>>> >from the worker thread. If the regression goes away after disabling the
>>>> blinking cursor, then the worker thread is the problem. If it already
>>>> goes away if there's simply no output from the test, the screen update
>>>> is the problem. On my machine I have to disable the blinking cursor, so
>>>> I think the worker causes the performance drop.
>>> We disabled redirecting stdout/stderr to /dev/kmsg, and the regression is
>>> f1f8555dfb9 drm/bochs: Use shadow buffer for bochs framebuffer console
>>> 90f479ae51a drm/mgag200: Replace struct mga_fbdev with generic framebuffer
>>> f1f8555dfb9a70a2 90f479ae51afa45efab97afdde testcase/testparams/testbox
>>> ---------------- -------------------------- ---------------------------
>>> %stddev change %stddev
>>> \ | \
>>> 43785 44481
>>> 43785 44481 GEO-MEAN vm-scalability.median
>> Till now, from Rong's tests:
>> 1. Disabling cursor blinking doesn't cure the regression.
>> 2. Disabling printint test results to console can workaround the
>> Also if we set the perfer_shadown to 0, the regression is also
> We also did some further break down for the time consumed by the
> new code.
> The drm_fb_helper_dirty_work() calls sequentially
> 1. drm_client_buffer_vmap (290 us)
> 2. drm_fb_helper_dirty_blit_real (19240 us)
> 3. helper->fb->funcs->dirty() ---> NULL for mgag200 driver
> 4. drm_client_buffer_vunmap (215 us)
It's somewhat different to what I observed, but maybe I just couldn't
reproduce the problem correctly.
> The average run time is listed after the function names.
> From it, we can see drm_fb_helper_dirty_blit_real() takes too long
> time (about 20ms for each run). I guess this is the root cause
> of this regression, as the original code doesn't use this dirty worker.
True, the original code uses a temporary buffer, but updates the display
My guess is that this could be a caching problem. The worker runs on a
different CPU, which doesn't have the shadow buffer in cache.
> As said in last email, setting the prefer_shadow to 0 can avoid
> the regrssion. Could it be an option?
Unfortunately not. Without the shadow buffer, the console's display
buffer permanently resides in video memory. It consumes significant
amount of that memory (say 8 MiB out of 16 MiB). That doesn't leave
enough room for anything else.
The best option is to not print to the console.
>> --- a/drivers/gpu/drm/mgag200/mgag200_main.c
>> +++ b/drivers/gpu/drm/mgag200/mgag200_main.c
>> @@ -167,7 +167,7 @@ int mgag200_driver_load(struct drm_device *dev, unsigned long flags)
>> dev->mode_config.preferred_depth = 16;
>> dev->mode_config.preferred_depth = 32;
>> - dev->mode_config.prefer_shadow = 1;
>> + dev->mode_config.prefer_shadow = 0;
>> And from the perf data, one obvious difference is good case don't
>> call drm_fb_helper_dirty_work(), while bad case calls.
>>> Best Regards,
>>> Rong Chen
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