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The IO Event performance benchmark test of evpp against Boost.Asio

Brief

We do a throughput benchmark test here benchmark_throughput_vs_asio which shows evpp has a similar performance with asio.

And we also do another benchmark about IO event performance and throughput here benchmark_ping_pong_spend_time_vs_asio.md which shows evpp's performance is about 5%~20% higher than asio.

Now, we do the third benchmark which is only for benchmarking of IO event performance. We take the benchmark method from http://libev.schmorp.de/bench.html.

The benchmark is very simple: first a number of socket pairs is created, then event watchers for those pairs are installed and then a (smaller) number of "active clients" send and receive data on a subset of those sockets.

Environment

  1. Linux CentOS 6.2, 2.6.32-220.7.1.el6.x86_64
  2. Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2630 v2 @ 2.60GHz
  3. gcc version 4.8.2 20140120 (Red Hat 4.8.2-15) (GCC)

The testing object

  1. evpp-v0.2.4 based on libevent-2.0.21
  2. asio-1.10.8
  3. libevent_ioevent_bench.c is taken from libevent based on libevent-2.0.21

The test code of evpp is at the source code benchmark/ioevent/evpp. We use evpp::FdChannel to implement this test program evpp_FdChannel and use evpp::PipeEventWatcher to implement another test program evpp_PipeEventWatcher. We use tools/benchmark-build.sh to compile it. The test script is run_ioevent_bench.sh, showing as below:

for num in 500 1000 10000 30000; do
for loop in 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10; do
    taskset -c 3 ../../build-release/bin/benchmark_ioevent_evpp_pipe_watcher -n $num -a 100 -w $num 
    taskset -c 3 ../../build-release/bin/benchmark_ioevent_evpp -n $num -a 100 -w $num 
    taskset -c 3 ../../build-release/bin/benchmark_ioevent_libevent -n $num -a 100 -w $num 
done
done

The test code of asio is at https://github.com/huyuguang/asio_benchmark using commits 21fc1357d59644400e72a164627c1be5327fbe3d and the test program socketpair.cpp. The test script is run_ioevent_bench.sh. It is:

for num in 500 1000 10000 30000; do
for loop in 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10; do
    echo "Bench index=$loop num=$num" 
    taskset -c 3 ./asio_test.exe socketpair $num 100 $num
done
done

Benchmark conclusion

  1. In all the cases, evpp's two implementation program evpp_FdChannel and evpp_PipeEventWatcher both have a higher performance than asio, about 20%~50%.
  2. The native libevent's benchmark program libevent_ioevent_bench.c have the highest performance. It have a little bit advantages against evpp, which is about 2%, that is acceptable, we think.

For details, please see the charts below. The horizontal axis is the number of pipe count. The vertical axis is the time spent, the lower is the better.

All benchmark reports

The IO Event performance benchmark against Boost.Asio : evpp is higher than asio about 20%~50% in this case

The ping-pong benchmark against Boost.Asio : evpp is higher than asio about 5%~20% in this case

The throughput benchmark against libevent2 : evpp is higher than libevent about 17%~130% in this case

The performance benchmark of queue with std::mutex against boost::lockfree::queue and moodycamel::ConcurrentQueue : moodycamel::ConcurrentQueue is the best, the average is higher than boost::lockfree::queue about 25%~100% and higher than queue with std::mutex about 100%~500%

The throughput benchmark against Boost.Asio : evpp and asio have the similar performance in this case

The throughput benchmark against Boost.Asio(中文) : evpp and asio have the similar performance in this case

The throughput benchmark against muduo(中文) : evpp and muduo have the similar performance in this case

Last

The beautiful chart is rendered by gochart. Thanks for your reading this report. Please feel free to discuss with us for the benchmark test.