[IPython-dev] ZMQ Parallel IPython Performance preview

Brian Granger ellisonbg@gmail....
Fri Oct 22 11:27:37 CDT 2010


Min,

Also, can you get memory consumption numbers for the controller and queues.
 I want to see how much worse Twisted is in that respect.

Cheers,

Brian

On Thu, Oct 21, 2010 at 11:53 PM, MinRK <benjaminrk@gmail.com> wrote:

> I have my first performance numbers for throughput with the new parallel
> code riding on ZeroMQ, and results are fairly promising.  Roundtrip time for
> ~512 tiny tasks submitted as fast as they can is ~100x faster than with
> Twisted.
>
> As a throughput test, I submitted a flood of many very small tasks that
> should take ~no time:
> new-style:
> def wait(t=0):
>     import time
>     time.sleep(t)
> submit:
> client.apply(wait, args=(t,))
>
> Twisted:
> task = StringTask("import time; time.sleep(%f)"%t)
> submit:
> client.run(task)
>
> Flooding the queue with these tasks with t=0, and then waiting for the
> results, I tracked two times:
> Sent: the time from the first submit until the last submit returns
> Roundtrip: the time from the first submit to getting the last result
>
> Plotting these times vs number of messages, we see some decent numbers:
> * The pure ZMQ scheduler is fastest, 10-100 times faster than Twisted
> roundtrip
> * The Python scheduler is ~3x slower roundtrip than pure ZMQ, but no
> penalty to the submission rate
> * Twisted performance falls off very quickly as the number of tasks grows
> * ZMQ performance is quite flat
>
> Legend:
> zmq: the pure ZMQ Device is used for routing tasks
> lru/weighted: the simplest/most complicated routing schemes respectively in
> the Python ZMQ Scheduler (which supports dependencies)
> twisted: the old IPython.kernel
>
> [image: roundtrip.png]
> [image: sent.png]
> Test system:
> Core-i7 930, 4x2 cores (ht), 4-engine cluster all over tcp/loopback, Ubuntu
> 10.04, Python 2.6.5
>
> -MinRK
> http://github.com/minrk
>



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Brian E. Granger, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Physics
Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo
bgranger@calpoly.edu
ellisonbg@gmail.com
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