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KPTI (Meltdown Mitigation) 對 MyISAM 的痛點

MariaDB 的「MyISAM and KPTI – Performance Implications From The Meltdown Fix」這篇看到頗驚人的數字,這篇提到了他們收到回報 (回報的 ticket 可以參考「[MDEV-15072] Massive performance impact after PTI fix - JIRA」),說 KPTI (Meltdown Mitigation) 對 MyISAM 效能影響巨大:

Recently we had a report from a user who had seen a stunning 90% performance regression after upgrading his server to a Linux kernel with KPTI (kernel page-table isolation – a remedy for the Meltdown vulnerability).

他們發現 90% 是因為 VMware 舊版本無法使用 CPU feature 加速,在新版應該可以改善不少。但即使如此,文章內還是在實體機器上看到了 40% 的效能損失:

A big deal of those 90% was caused by running in an old version of VMware which doesn’t pass the PCID and INVPCID capabilities of the CPU to the guest. But I could reproduce a regression around 40% even on bare metal.

然後後面就在推銷 MariaDB 的 Aria Storage Engine 了,不是那麼重要... 不過知道 MyISAM 在 KPTI 下這麼傷還蠻重要的,因為接下來五年應該都還是愈的到 KPTI,應該還是有人在用 MyISAM...

Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Minimal Image 的大小

看到「RFC: Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Minimal Images」這篇,在蒐集將來要出的 Ubuntu 18.04 LTS Minimal Image 的意見...

The Ubuntu Minimal Image is the smallest base upon which a user can apt install any package in the Ubuntu archive.

雖然應該還會有改變,不過以目前的版本來看,可以看出壓縮前後兩種版本都比 16.04 小了不少:

對需要這些 image 的人來說 (像是當作 Docker 的 base image),小一點操作起來也比較開心...

Amazon EC2 的可用頻寬提昇

AWSJeff Barr 宣佈了有 ENAEC2 instance 的頻寬提升到 25Gbps:「The Floodgates Are Open – Increased Network Bandwidth for EC2 Instances」。

分成三種,第一種是對 S3 的頻寬提昇:

EC2 to S3 – Traffic to and from Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) can now take advantage of up to 25 Gbps of bandwidth. Previously, traffic of this type had access to 5 Gbps of bandwidth. This will be of benefit to applications that access large amounts of data in S3 or that make use of S3 for backup and restore.

第二種是 EC2 對 EC2 (內網):

EC2 to EC2 – Traffic to and from EC2 instances in the same or different Availability Zones within a region can now take advantage of up to 5 Gbps of bandwidth for single-flow traffic, or 25 Gbps of bandwidth for multi-flow traffic (a flow represents a single, point-to-point network connection) by using private IPv4 or IPv6 addresses, as described here.

第三種也是 EC2 對 EC2,但是是在同一個 Cluster Placement Group:

EC2 to EC2 (Cluster Placement Group) – Traffic to and from EC2 instances within a cluster placement group can continue to take advantage of up to 10 Gbps of lower-latency bandwidth for single-flow traffic, or 25 Gbps of lower-latency bandwidth for multi-flow traffic.

有 ENA 的有這些,好像沒看到 CentOS

ENA-enabled AMIs are available for Amazon Linux, Ubuntu 14.04 & 16.04, RHEL 7.4, SLES 12, and Windows Server (2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, and 2016). The FreeBSD AMI in AWS Marketplace is also ENA-enabled, as is VMware Cloud on AWS.

Ubuntu 18.04 將從 Wayland 換回 Xorg...

在「Ubuntu 18.04 LTS is Switching back to Xorg」這邊看到 Ubuntu 18.04 將要從 Wayland 換回 Xorg 的消息,只能說不意外 XDDD

Ubuntu 官方的說明在「Bionic Beaver 18.04 LTS to use Xorg by default」這邊,文章裡面給了三個理由:

  • Screen sharing in software like WebRTC services, Google Hangouts, Skype, etc works well under Xorg.
  • Remote Desktop control for example RDP & VNC works well under Xorg.
  • Recoverability from Shell crashes is less dramatic under Xorg.

講白了就是還有一堆東西有問題,看起來在 17.10 導入 Wayland 後沒搞定:

17.10, released in October 2017, ships with the Wayland based graphics server as the default and the Xorg based equivalent is available as an option from the login screen.

在 18.04 預設會用 Xorg,但系統內還是會有 Wayland 讓使用者可以選:

The Wayland session will still be available, pre-installed, for people to use, but for our ‘out of the box’ users the Ubuntu experience needs to be stable and provide the features they have come to expect and use in daily life and Xorg is the best choice here, at least for 18.04 LTS, but for 18.10 we will re-evaluate Wayland as the default.

再測個兩年吧 XD

針對 Ubuntu 16.04 + PPPoE 時,OpenNTPD 的 -s 不會在啟動時直接校正的問題 workaround...

發現機器時間跟標準時間差了 40 秒左右,結果有些服務因為會看雙方時間,就不讓我跑... XDDD

找問題找了半天,發現開機後 ntpdate 會回報找不到伺服器,看起來是網路根本就還沒通就跑起來了:

Jan 25 13:10:30 home ntpdate[757]: name server cannot be used: Temporary failure in name resolution (-3)
Jan 25 13:10:30 home ntpdate[1171]: name server cannot be used: Temporary failure in name resolution (-3)
Jan 25 13:10:30 home ntpdate[1347]: name server cannot be used: Temporary failure in name resolution (-3)
Jan 25 13:10:30 home ntpdate[1410]: name server cannot be used: Temporary failure in name resolution (-3)

而理論上 與 openntpd 加上 -s 也會做類似的事情,所以這邊就在 /etc/default/openntpd 先加上 -s,讓他開機時強制對時一次,看看能不能解... 結果也是一樣在網路還沒通的時候就跑起來而失敗了:

Jan 25 13:10:45 home ntpd[1457]: no reply received in time, skipping initial time setting

由於這台機器是 HiNet 的 PPPoE,看起來有可能是某些條件沒寫好,造成執行順序不對... 所以就找個 workaround 來解決 @_@

後來找的方法是直接到 /etc/ppp/ip-up.d/ 下放一個 script 實作 workaround,直接在 PPPoE 連上後重跑 openntpd,然後用 hwclock 寫回主機裡,下次開機的時間就會比較準一些了:

#!/bin/sh -e

/usr/sbin/service openntpd restart
/sbin/hwclock -w

不過實際上還是要找看看要怎麼把 PPPoE 掛到 networking 那層行為裡面...

Percona 版本的 MySQL 對於 Meltdown/Spectre 漏洞修復造成的效能損失 (Intel 平台)

而且這還不是完全修復,只是大幅降低被攻擊的機率...

PerconaUbuntu 16.04 上測試 MeltdownSpectre 這兩個安全漏洞的修正對於效能的影響。在原文標題就講了結論,為了修正 Meltdown 與 Spectre 兩個安全漏洞,效能的損失很明顯:「20-30% Performance Hit from the Spectre Bug Fix on Ubuntu」。

這邊測的結果發現,在 CPU bound 時的損失大約是 20%~25% (甚至到 30%),而 I/O bound 會輕一些,大約是 15%~20%:

We can see that in CPU-bound workloads the overhead is 20-25%, reaching up to 30% in point select queries. In IO-bound (25G buffer pool) workloads, the observed overhead is 15-20%.

在 comment 的地方 Percona 的人被問到 AMD 平台上效能會損失多少的問題,但因為他們手上目前沒有 AMD 平台的新機器所以不知道會有多少:

I do not have modern AMD servers on my hands right now

理論上 AMD 平台不需要處理 Meltdown 問題,損失應該會少一些,但沒測過也不曉得會是什麼情況... (像是 Spectre 的修正損失會不會比 Intel 還重,這之類的...)

另外補上早些時候的文章,當時 Ubuntu 上的 kernel 只有對 Meltdown 攻擊的修正,當時 Percona 的人也測了一次:「Does the Meltdown Fix Affect Performance for MySQL on Bare Metal?」,看起來對 Meltdown 攻擊的修正對效能的影響不太大,不過文裡有測試到 syscall 的效率的確如同預期掉很多。

FreeBSD 上的 ccp (AMD Crypto Co-Processor)

看到 FreeBSD 上的「[base] Revision 328150」,將 AMD 的 AMD Crypto Co-Processor。

然後實測效能頗爛 XDDD 不過本來就不是以效能為主吧... 應該是以安全性與 Trusted Platform Module 考量?

像是 4KB buffer 的效能明顯比 AES-NI 慢了一大截 (少了一個零 XDDD):

aesni:      SHA1: ~8300 Mb/s    SHA256: ~8000 Mb/s
ccp:               ~630 Mb/s    SHA256:  ~660 Mb/s  SHA512:  ~700 Mb/s
cryptosoft:       ~1800 Mb/s    SHA256: ~1800 Mb/s  SHA512: ~2700 Mb/s

如果是 128KB buffer 時會好一些:

aesni:      SHA1:~10400 Mb/s    SHA256: ~9950 Mb/s
ccp:              ~2200 Mb/s    SHA256: ~2600 Mb/s  SHA512: ~3800 Mb/s
cryptosoft:       ~1750 Mb/s    SHA256: ~1800 Mb/s  SHA512: ~2700 Mb/s

然後 AES 也類似:

aesni:      4kB: ~11250 Mb/s    128kB: ~11250 Mb/s
ccp:               ~350 Mb/s    128kB:  ~4600 Mb/s
cryptosoft:       ~1750 Mb/s    128kB:  ~1700 Mb/s

所以是 sponsor 有認證需要的關係嗎...

Sponsored by:Dell EMC Isilon

在 ThinkPad T530 上跑 FreeBSD 的介紹

作者在「FreeBSD on a Laptop」這邊寫下了在 ThinkPad T530 上跑 FreeBSD 的完整攻略。

查了一下 ThinkPad T530,這應該是 2012 年就推出的筆電了 (五年多前),所以文章的重點在於要去那邊找解法 (i.e. 方向性)。另外作者有提到文章是假設你已經對 FreeBSD 生態算熟悉 (像是 Ports 以及 /etc 下設定檔習慣的格式與設定方式):

Unlike my usual posts, this time I'm going to assume you're already pretty familiar with FreeBSD.

然後有點無奈的地方... 即使是 2012 年的電腦,為了 driver 問題他還是得跑 -CURRENT

In my case, I run 12-CURRENT so I can take advantage of the latest Intel drivers in the graphics/drm-next-kmod port.

這有點苦 XD

Working Set Size (WSS) 的想法

NetflixBrendan Gregg (他比較知名的發明是 Flame Graph) 寫了一篇「How To Measure the Working Set Size on Linux」,他想要量測單位時間內會用到的記憶體區塊大小:

The Working Set Size (WSS) is how much memory an application needs to keep working. Your app may have populated 100 Gbytes of main memory, but only uses 50 Mbytes each second to do its job. That's the working set size. It is used for capacity planning and scalability analysis.

這可以拿來分析這些應用程式是否能夠利用 L1/L2/L3 cache 大幅增加執行速度,於是就可以做成圖,像是這樣:

在 Netflix 這樣人數的公司,需要設計一些有用的指標,另外發展出對應的工具,讓其他人更容易迅速掌握狀況,畢竟不是每個人都有上天下海的能力,遇到狀況可以馬上有頭緒進行 trouble shooting...

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