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RE: [Solved] Poor performance on Solaris

Hi Howard,

On-chip ethernet interfaces are currently not used for slapd,
They are currently used for management access and netbackup.
Zones running slapd use nxge type ethernet interfaces.

Did some quick tests. Increasing threads to 64 caused 
higher cpu utilization but also a dramatic decrease 
in performance on OpenLDAP releases 2.4.2[34].

That could not be compensated by increasing listener_threads.
Have tested values default, 4 and 8 for listener threads.

Staying with 32 threads and setting listener_threads to 4
Increased searches/s from 37000 to 48000.
More listener_threads had no significant impact.

CPU utilization by slapd was at about 65%.

Juergen Sprenger

-----Original Message-----
From: Howard Chu [mailto:hyc@symas.com] 
Sent: Monday, March 07, 2011 10:25 PM
To: Sprenger Jürgen, ITS-SDL-SO-WXS-USO-BE1
Cc: openldap-technical@openldap.org
Subject: Re: [Solved] Poor performance on Solaris

Juergen.Sprenger@swisscom.com wrote:
> Hi,
> first I wish to thank all those who supplied helpful hints to solve the problem, especially Quanah Gibson-Mount and Howard Chu.
> My performance issue was solved by switching from memory mapped keys to shared memory keys for hdb as suggested by Quanah and Howard.
> Putting 'shm_key 10' into slapd.conf and restart of slapd solved the problem.
> Performance improvement was about factor 10 on the Solaris box.
> As the problem was gone connection logging was switched off, which additionally doubled throughput as Solaris sylog can't do asynchronous logging.
> During further tests slapd stopped responding when many concurrent connections were active.
> This behaviour was caused by default settings in /etc/system.
> Adding two lines to /etc/system and reboot solved the problem:
> set rlim_fd_max = 16368
> set rlim_fd_cur = 8192
> Should be enough for about 8000 connections.
> Performance before:
> box1:
> hardware: Sun Microsystems  sun4v SPARC Enterprise T5120
> memory:32 GB RAM
> os: Solaris 10 s10s_u9wos_14a
> searches (avg/second): 1521
> Performance after:
> box1:
> hardware: Sun Microsystems  sun4v SPARC Enterprise T5120
> memory:32 GB RAM
> os: Solaris 10 s10s_u9wos_14a
> searches (avg/second): 37000

What is the CPU utilization that you see at this point? The T5120 supposedly 
has 64 hardware threads, but in my tests on this architecture, we never got 
better than 50% utilization (a couple years ago). I'm curious if you can make 
use of the multiple listener feature added in 2.4.24. I no longer have access 
to any machines of this architecture to test for myself. Also are you using 
the on-chip ethernet interface?
> My next step will be tuning network parameters.

   -- Howard Chu
   CTO, Symas Corp.           http://www.symas.com
   Director, Highland Sun     http://highlandsun.com/hyc/
   Chief Architect, OpenLDAP  http://www.openldap.org/project/