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CPU overload while using chashed load balancing policy #6932

pavel-odintsov opened this issue Sep 6, 2018 · 0 comments

CPU overload while using chashed load balancing policy #6932

pavel-odintsov opened this issue Sep 6, 2018 · 0 comments


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pavel-odintsov commented Sep 6, 2018


  • Program: dnsdist
  • Issue type: Bug report

Short description

I enabled dnsdist in this configuration:


newServer({address="", weight=1000000, name="first", retries=1, pool="" })
newServer({address="", weight=1000000, name="second", retries=1, pool="" })
newServer({address="", weight=1000000, name="third", retries=1, pool=""})

newServer({address="", weight=1, name="backup", retries=1,  pool="" })


  • Operating system: Debian
  • Software version: Jessie
  • Software source: compiled yourself from master

Steps to reproduce

  1. Create 4 server pool with chashed load balancing policy and set weights to 1 for single server and set weight to 1000000 for three servers.
  2. Run it
  3. Make few queries

Expected behaviour

Normal CPU usage:

ps aux|grep dnsdist
dnsdist  20669  0.3  0.0 854180 21840 ?        Ssl  11:53   0:01 /usr/bin/dnsdist --supervised --disable-syslog -u dnsdist -g dnsdist -C /etc/dnsdist.conf

perf top output for weigh LB algo:

Samples: 2K of event 'cycles:ppp', Event count (approx.): 84345390
Overhead  Shared Object           Symbol
  22.81%  dnsdist                 [.] healthChecksThread
   2.59%  [kernel]                [k] update_cfs_rq_h_load
   2.33%  [kernel]                [k] _raw_spin_lock_irqsave
   2.28%  [kernel]                [k] ep_poll_callback
   2.13%  [ip_tables]             [k] ipt_do_table
   1.77%  [kernel]                [k] __wake_up_common
   1.55%            [.] malloc
   1.41%  [kernel]                [k] native_sched_clock
   1.33%  [kernel]                [k] idle_cpu
   1.28%  [kernel]                [k] syscall_return_via_sysret
   1.16%  [kernel]                [k] fib_table_lookup
   1.12%  [kernel]                [k] update_curr
   1.08%  [kernel]                [k] cpuacct_charge
   1.04%  [kernel]                [k] update_load_avg
   1.01%  [kernel]                [k] copy_user_enhanced_fast_string
   1.01%      [.] __libc_recvmsg
   0.87%  dnsdist                 [.] processQuery
   0.85%  [kernel]                [k] kprobe_ftrace_handler
   0.84%  [kernel]                [k] check_preempt_curr
   0.83%  [kernel]                [k] copy_user_generic_unrolled
   0.83%  [kernel]                [k] _raw_spin_unlock_irqrestore
   0.81%  [kernel]                [k] try_to_wake_up
   0.81%  dnsdist                 [.] _init
   0.81%  [kernel]                [k] _raw_spin_lock
   0.78%  dnsdist                 [.] responderThread
   0.74%  [kernel]                [k] update_cfs_shares
   0.73%  dnsdist                 [.] DNSDistPacketCache::cachedValueMatches
   0.72%  [kernel]                [k] udp_set_dev_scratch

Actual behaviour

CPU core overload:

40853 dnsdist   20   0 1130868 165168   8784 S 100.3  0.1   1:36.02 dnsdist

perf top during overload:

Samples: 24K of event 'cycles:ppp', Event count (approx.): 12920942699
Overhead  Shared Object          Symbol
  85.33%    [.] std::_Rb_tree_increment
  11.56%  dnsdist                [.] chashed
   0.67%  dnsdist                [.] _init
   0.21%  [kernel]               [k] nmi
   0.20%  [kernel]               [k] native_irq_return_iret
   0.17%  [kernel]               [k] swapgs_restore_regs_and_return_to_usermode
   0.15%  [kernel]               [k] native_sched_clock
   0.12%  [kernel]               [k] _raw_spin_lock
   0.12%  [kernel]               [k] perf_event_task_tick
   0.08%  [kernel]               [k] __intel_pmu_enable_all.constprop.19
   0.08%  dnsdist                [.] healthChecksThread
   0.07%  [kernel]               [k] trigger_load_balance
   0.06%  [kernel]               [k] update_fast_timekeeper
   0.05%  [kernel]               [k] task_tick_fair
   0.05%  [kernel]               [k] cpuacct_account_field
   0.04%  [kernel]               [k] intel_pmu_handle_irq


I use so big weight to implement "backup" server approach and send requests only in case when all other servers failed.

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