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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...

Avast 放出他們的 Decompiler,RetDec

AvastMIT License 放出他們的 Decompiler,叫做 RetDec:「Avast open-sources its machine-code decompiler」,專案在 GitHub 上的 avast-tl/retdec 這邊。

Decompiler,也就是直接把 machine code 試著轉回高階語言的程式碼:

這對於分析工作來說簡化很多,尤其是在資安產業的人... 以往比較常見是轉成 assembly 再用人工分析,現在這樣有機會讓大腦輕鬆一些。

雖然目前有些限制 (像是 32 bits only),不過 open source 出來後,可以預料會有不少人開始加功能進去:

  • Supported file formats: ELF, PE, Mach-O, COFF, AR (archive), Intel HEX, and raw machine code.
  • Supported architectures (32b only): Intel x86, ARM, MIPS, PIC32, and PowerPC.

Amazon ECS 與 AWS Fargate 都納入 Amazon Compute SLA 計算

AWS 宣佈的這兩個服務 (Amazon ECSAWS Fargate) 都納入 99.99% 的 SLA 合約範圍:「Amazon Compute Service Level Agreement Extended to Amazon ECS and AWS Fargate」。

Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and AWS Fargate are now included in the Amazon Compute Service Level Agreement (SLA) for 99.99% uptime and availability.

ECS 已經跑一陣子了可以理解,但 Fargate 的概念算比較新,剛出來沒多久就決定放進去比較意外...

AWS 主動提高 Amazon EC2 與 Amazon EBS 的 SLA

AWS 主動提高 Amazon EC2Amazon EBSSLA:「Announcing an increased monthly service commitment for Amazon EC2」。

Amazon EC2 is announcing an increase to the monthly service commitment in the EC2 Service Level Agreement (“SLA”), for both EC2 and EBS, to 99.99%. This increased commitment is the result of continuous investment in our infrastructure and quality of service. This change is effective immediately in all regions, and is available to all EC2 customers.

之前是 99.95% monthly (參考前幾天的頁面:「Amazon EC2 SLA」),現在拉到 99.99% 了。第一階的賠償條件也從 99.95%~99% 改成 99.99%~99% 了 (賠 10%)。

AWS CloudHSM 支援 FIPS 140-2 Level 3 了

AWS CloudHSM 推出了一些新功能:「AWS CloudHSM Update – Cost Effective Hardware Key Management at Cloud Scale for Sensitive & Regulated Workloads」。

其中比較特別的是從以前只支援 Level 2 變成支援 Level 3 了:

More Secure – CloudHSM Classic (the original model) supports the generation and use of keys that comply with FIPS 140-2 Level 2. We’re stepping that up a notch today with support for FIPS 140-2 Level 3, with security mechanisms that are designed to detect and respond to physical attempts to access or modify the HSM.

在維基百科裡面有提到 Level 2 與 Level 3 的要求:

Security Level 2 improves upon the physical security mechanisms of a Security Level 1 cryptographic module by requiring features that show evidence of tampering, including tamper-evident coatings or seals that must be broken to attain physical access to the plaintext cryptographic keys and critical security parameters (CSPs) within the module, or pick-resistant locks on covers or doors to protect against unauthorized physical access.

In addition to the tamper-evident physical security mechanisms required at Security Level 2, Security Level 3 attempts to prevent the intruder from gaining access to CSPs held within the cryptographic module. Physical security mechanisms required at Security Level 3 are intended to have a high probability of detecting and responding to attempts at physical access, use or modification of the cryptographic module. The physical security mechanisms may include the use of strong enclosures and tamper-detection/response circuitry that zeroes all plaintext CSPs when the removable covers/doors of the cryptographic module are opened.

主動式偵測以及銷毀算是 Level 3 比 Level 2 安全的地方。


Pay As You Go – CloudHSM is now offered under a pay-as-you-go model that is simpler and more cost-effective, with no up-front fees.

MySQL 上不同 Isolation Level 對效能的影響

目前看到的結論都是:MySQL (InnoDB) 上因為高度對 RR (REPEATABLE-READ) 最佳化,使得 RR 的效能反而比 RC (READ-COMMITTED) 以及 RU (READ-UNCOMMITTED) 都好。

不清楚 RR/RC/RU 差異的可以參考維基百科上「Isolation (database systems)」的解釋...

從 2010 年在測 5.0 的「Repeatable read versus read committed for InnoDB」到 2015 年測 5.7 的「MySQL Performance : Impact of InnoDB Transaction Isolation Modes in MySQL 5.7」都測出 RR 的效能比 RC/RU 好... 三段分別是 RR/RC/RU:

所以在 MySQL 上沒有使用 RC/RU 的必要... (抱頭)


前幾天看到一篇 2009 年的老文章,在討論使用者透過「喜歡」以及「不喜歡」投票後,要怎麼排名的方法:「How Not To Sort By Average Rating」。

基本的概念是當使用者投票數愈多時就會愈準確,透過統計方法可以算一個信賴區間,再用區間的下限來排... 但沒想到公式「看起來」這麼複雜 XDDD

Score = Lower bound of Wilson score confidence interval for a Bernoulli parameter

但實際的運算其實沒那麼複雜,像是 Ruby 的程式碼可以看出大多都是系統內的運算就可以算出來。其中的 z 在大多數的情況下是常數。

require 'statistics2'

def ci_lower_bound(pos, n, confidence)
    if n == 0
        return 0
    z = Statistics2.pnormaldist(1-(1-confidence)/2)
    phat = 1.0*pos/n
    (phat + z*z/(2*n) - z * Math.sqrt((phat*(1-phat)+z*z/(4*n))/n))/(1+z*z/n)

The z-score in this function never changes, so if you don't have a statistics package handy or if performance is an issue you can always hard-code a value here for z. (Use 1.96 for a confidence level of 0.95.)

作者後來在 2012 年與 2016 年也分別給了 SQL 以及 Excel 的範例程式碼出來,裡面 hard-code 了 95% 信賴區間的部份:

SELECT widget_id, ((positive + 1.9208) / (positive + negative) - 
                   1.96 * SQRT((positive * negative) / (positive + negative) + 0.9604) / 
                          (positive + negative)) / (1 + 3.8416 / (positive + negative)) 
       AS ci_lower_bound FROM widgets WHERE positive + negative > 0 
       ORDER BY ci_lower_bound DESC;
=IFERROR((([@[Up Votes]] + 1.9208) / ([@[Up Votes]] + [@[Down Votes]]) - 1.96 * 
    SQRT(([@[Up Votes]] *  [@[Down Votes]]) / ([@[Up Votes]] +  [@[Down Votes]]) + 0.9604) / 
    ([@[Up Votes]] +  [@[Down Votes]])) / (1 + 3.8416 / ([@[Up Votes]] +  [@[Down Votes]])),0)

而更多的說明在維基百科的「Binomial proportion confidence interval」可以翻到,裡面也有其他的方法可以用。

InnoDB 的 Isolation Level 以及 Performance Schema 對效能的影響

雖然 Mark Callaghan 現在的主力都在 MyRocks 上,但他還是對 InnoDB 上的效能頗關注 (畢竟是個成熟而且競爭的產品)。而這篇「Sysbench, InnoDB, transaction isolation and the performance schema」講到 MySQL 5.6.26 裡的 InnoDB,了解 isolation level 與 performance schema 對效能的差異。結果可以在這邊翻到。

關掉 performance schema 會讓效能變好是預期的,不過看起來比預期小很多。另外某些情況下 RR (REPEATABLE-READ) 的效能會比 RC (READ-COMMITTED) 好倒是頗意外,這邊也有給出原因:

Using repeatable-read boosts performance because it reduces the mutex contention from getting a consistent read snapshot as that is done once per transaction rather than once per statement.

不過看了看數據,純粹讀取的部份 RC 會在某些地方快一些,不過整體來說在 MySQL 5.6.26 上的 RR 與 RC 差異真的不算太明顯了...

從頭學一次 Isolation level 的 REPEATABLE-READ 與 SERIALIZABLE

在「測試 MariaDB 上 Galera Cluster 的 Isolation」這篇提到了 StripeKyle Kingsbury 寫了「Call me Maybe: MariaDB Galera Cluster」這篇文章,在討論 Galera Cluster 的 Isolation 問題。

Percona 的 CTO Vadim Tkachenko 寫了回應的文章:「Clarification on “Call me Maybe: MariaDB Galera Cluster”」。

看完後再跑去翻了一些資料,首先是 SQL 92 對 Isolation 的原始定義,尤其是對 REPEATABLE-READ 的定義。

REPEATABLE-READ 是透過 P2 ("Non-repeatable read") 來定義的,只要保證不會發生 P2 就是 REPEATABLE-READ 了:

P2 ("Non-repeatable read"): SQL-transaction T1 reads a row. SQL-transaction T2 then modifies or deletes that row and performs a COMMIT. If T1 then attempts to reread the row, it may receive the modified value or discover that the row has been deleted.

也就是說,T1 讀過的 row 只要在 T1 transaction 的期間內都保持一樣就可以。由於沒有多餘其他保證,所以有機會產生 P3 ("Phantom") 問題:

P3 ("Phantom"): SQL-transaction T1 reads the set of rows N that satisfy some . SQL-transaction T2 then executes SQL-statements that generate one or more rows that satisfy the used by SQL-transaction T1. If SQL-transaction T1 then repeats the initial read with the same <search condition>, it obtains a different collection of rows.


The execution of concurrent SQL-transactions at isolation level SERIALIZABLE is guaranteed to be serializable. A serializable execution is defined to be an execution of the operations of concurrently executing SQL-transactions that produces the same effect as some serial execution of those same SQL-transactions. A serial execution is one in which each SQL-transaction executes to completion before the next SQL-transaction begins.

所以依照定義,SERIALIZABLE 一定可以避免 P3 發生,但避免了 P3 不代表做到 SERIALIZABLE

另外一份資料是「MySQL :: MySQL 5.6 Reference Manual :: 13.3.6 SET TRANSACTION Syntax」對於 MySQL 5.6 中 InnoDB 實作 REPEATABLE-READ 的細節:

This is the default isolation level for InnoDB. For consistent reads, there is an important difference from the READ COMMITTED isolation level: All consistent reads within the same transaction read the snapshot established by the first read. This convention means that if you issue several plain (nonlocking) SELECT statements within the same transaction, these SELECT statements are consistent also with respect to each other. See Section, “Consistent Nonlocking Reads”.

InnoDB 的 REPEATABLE-READ 會在第一次讀取時建立一份 snapshot,所以 MySQL 的 REPEATABLE-READ 有達到不產生 P2 的要求,但也因為 snapshot 的關係而不會產生 P3,不過也就僅此而已,寫入的部份還是沒有達到 SERIALIZABLE 的要求。

回到原來的文章所整理出來的測試資料 (我稍微排版過),在這兩個不同的 transaction 同時發生時:(不同人都轉帳給 id = 8)

BEGIN; -- T1
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 5;
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 8;
UPDATE account SET balance = 75 WHERE account_id = 5;
UPDATE account SET balance = 125 WHERE account_id = 8;
BEGIN; -- T2
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 6;
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 8;
UPDATE account SET balance = 80 WHERE account_id = 6;
UPDATE account SET balance = 120 WHERE account_id = 8;

SERIALIZABLE 保證執行結果會與某種循序的結果相符 (可能是 T1 -> T2,也可能是 T2 -> T1)。但 REPEATABLE-READ 只保證在 transaction 裡面看到的 row 不會變化。

在 MySQL 裡,如果你想要跟 MySQL 告知「變更的結果會收到某些欄位的值的影響」,你至少要用 LOCK IN SHARE MODE 來做 (或是用 FOR UPDATE 會更清楚表示出意思),也就是:

BEGIN; -- T1
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 5 LOCK IN SHARE MODE;
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 8 LOCK IN SHARE MODE;
UPDATE account SET balance = 75 WHERE account_id = 5;
UPDATE account SET balance = 125 WHERE account_id = 8;
BEGIN; -- T2
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 6 LOCK IN SHARE MODE;
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 8 LOCK IN SHARE MODE;
UPDATE account SET balance = 80 WHERE account_id = 6;
UPDATE account SET balance = 120 WHERE account_id = 8;

這樣至少會有一個 transaction 會出現 deadlock 訊息,於是就會確保是正確的結果:

ERROR 1213 (40001): Deadlock found when trying to get lock; try restarting transaction

值得一提的是,Percona 文章提到的第二種解法是有問題的:

SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 5;
SELECT balance FROM accounts WHERE account_id = 8;
UPDATE account SET balance = balance - 25 WHERE account_id = 5;
UPDATE account SET balance = balance + 25 WHERE account_id = 8;

這樣「總和」會因為保證原子性 (atomicity) 所以不會產生問題,但 balance 可能會產生出負數。

所以結論是 Kyle Kingsbury 那篇文章測試的方法本來就有問題,在 SELECT 時少了 LOCK IN SHARE MODE 或是 FOR UPDATE 的要求。