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Generate the section ordering file for gold using oss-performance workloads

This file details the process of generating the hot section ordering file used by the gold linker. The first step is to collect data using perf ( The data is used by the hfsort tool which generates the file hotfuncs.txt.


Configure, build and install HHVM

Go to the directory where the HHVM sources are. HHVM must be installed with debug symbols. HHVM_DIR = the install directory of HHVM

cd hhvm_src
sudo make install

Allow the collection of data using perf

echo "-1" | sudo tee /proc/sys/kernel/perf_event_paranoid

Collect data using oss-performance and

The hf-prod-collect script uses perf to collect data. The script creates a nm file (hhvm.nm) with HHVM symbols and a zip file containing the perf data (perf.pds.gz). Both these files are located in the directory /tmp/hp-prof.

In this example we use the WordPress target to generate the file. The collection starts after the warmup is completed. We need to set some environment variables in order to change the default behavior of

  • SLEEP_TIME: time to profile (should be no more than the time the benchmark runs)
  • HHVM_BIN_PATH: path to HHVM binary
  • HHVM_PID: default behavior is to get the PID of the oldest running HHVM process. In our case, that will probably match the HHVM process running perf.php so we need to override that.
cd hphp/tools/hfsort

/usr/local/hhvm/HHVM-3.8.0/bin/hhvm ${OSS_PERFORMANCE_PATH}/perf.php \
                --wordpress  \
                --i-am-not-benchmarking \
                --profBC \
                --exec-after-warmup="SLEEP_TIME=60 HHVM_BIN_PATH=${HHVM_BIN_PATH} HHVM_PID=\`pgrep -n hhvm\` > dump_hfprod.txt 2>&1 &" \
                --hhvm=${HHVM_BIN_PATH} \
                --hhvm-extra-arguments "-vEval.KeepPerfPidMap=true -vEval.ProfleHWEnable=false"

Generate the hot section ordering by using the default algorithm

Running hfsort will generate the file hotfuncs.txt in the working directory.

hfsort /tmp/hf-prof/hhvm.nm /tmp/hf-prof/perf.pds.gz

Use a custom file for function ordering when linking HHVM with gold

When calling configure, you can specify which file to use at link time (SECTION_ORDERING_FILE).

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