Measuring operating system overhead on Sun UltraSparc T1 processor
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Numerous studies have shown that Operating System (OS) noise is one of the reasons for significant performance degradation in clustered architectures. Although many studies examine the OS noise for High Performance Computing, especially in multi-processor/core systems, most of them focus on 2- or 4-core systems. In this study, we analyze sources of OS noise on a massive multithreading processor, the Sun UltraSPARC T1.We compare results, measured in Linux and Solaris, with the results provided by a low-overhead runtime environment that introduces almost no overhead in applications’ execution time. Our results show that the overhead introduced by the OS timer interrupt in Linux and Solaris depends on the particular core and hardware context in which the application is running. This overhead is up to 30% when the application is executed on the same hardware context as the timer interrupt handler, and up to 10% when the application and the timer interrupt handler run on different contexts but on the same core. We detect no overhead when the benchmark and the timer interrupt handler run on different cores of the processor.
CitacióRadojkovic, P. [et al.]. Measuring operating system overhead on Sun UltraSparc T1 processor. A: International Summer School on Advanced Architecture and Compilation for Embedded Systems. "5th International Summer School on Advanced Architecture and Compilation for Embedded Systems". Terrassa (Barcelona): 2009.