Performance Testing of Linux Kernel Scheduler

Abstract:

Performance of process scheduler in a kernel of an operating system significantly influences throughput and latency of all applications running above it. Any performance drop can have critical consequences on the applications. With the arrival of every new technology (e.g. symetric multiprocesing) the code of the scheduler evolves and grows. This requires not only functional, but also performance regression testing. This work presents methods of performance testing used in the Red Hat, Inc. company. It describes how one can measure performance of the Linux process scheduler in the Linux kernel, collect statistics about its behavior, store the collected data, and visualize them. The goal of this work is to design and implement a new technique of visualization of long-term measurements and utilization of machine learning for automatic classification of performance degradation between different results.

Student:

Vozár Jiří

Consultant:

Tišnovský Pavel

Leader:

Malík Viktor

University:

FIT VUT

Link on thesis:

https://www.fit.vut.cz/study/thesis/21469/