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Re: I made a flame graph renderer for git's trace2 output






On 5/21/2019 10:19 AM, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:

On Mon, May 20 2019, Jeff Hostetler wrote:

On 5/10/2019 5:57 PM, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:

On Fri, May 10 2019, Jeff King wrote:

On Fri, May 10, 2019 at 05:09:58PM +0200, Ævar Arnfjörð Bjarmason wrote:

As noted in TODOs in the script there's various stuff I'd like to do
better, and this also shows how we need a lot more trace regions to get
granular data.

Hmm. My gut reaction was: doesn't "perf record -g make test" already
give us that granular data? I know "perf" isn't available everywhere,
but the idea of the FlameGraph repo is that it takes input from a lot of
sources (though I don't know if it supports any Windows-specific formats
yet, which is presumably a point of interesting to trace-2 authors).

But having generated such a flamegraph, it's not all that helpful. It
mainly tells us that we spend a lot of time on fork/exec. Which is no
surprise, since the test suite is geared not towards heavy workloads,
but lots of tiny functionality tests.

TBH, I'm not sure that flame-graphing the test suite is going to be all
that useful in the long run. It's going to be heavily weighted by the
types of things the test suite does. Flamegraphs are good for
understanding where your time is going for a particular workload, but
the workload of the test suite is not that interesting.

And once you do have a particular workload of interest that you can
replay, then I think the granular "perf" results really can be helpful.

I think the trace2 flamegraph would be most useful if you were
collecting across a broad spectrum of workloads done by a user. You
_can_ do that with perf or similar tools, but it can be a bit awkward.
I do wonder how painful it would be to alias "git" to "perf record git"
for a day or something.

Yeah I should have mentioned that I'm mainly linking to the test suite
rendering as a demo.

My actual use-case for this is to see what production nodes are spending
their time on, similar to what Microsoft is doing with their use of this
facility.

The test suite serves as a really good test-case for the output, and to
stress-test my aggregation script, since we're pretty much guaranteed to
run all our commands, and cover a lot of unusual cases.

It also shows that we've got a long way to go in improving the trace2
facility, i.e. adding region enter/leave for some of the things we spend
the most time on.


Very nice!

Yes, there is more work to do to add more regions to get more
granular data for interesting/problematic things.  My primary
goal in this phase has been to get the basic machinery in place
and be vetted with some universally interesting regions, such as
reading/writing the index and the phases of status.

Going forward, we can trivially (permanently) add new regions as we
want.  I tend to use temporary "experimental" regions during my perf
investigations so that I don't clutter up the mainline source with
uninteresting noise.

Indeed, a lot more regions are needed.

WRT the TODO's in your script:

[] I don't think data events will be useful for your usage.  The data
values are orthogonal to the time values.

I haven't done this, so I'm not asserting that it's useful, but from
some brief grepping a few datapoints are overwhelmingly common, and can
be faked up into regions of sorts for the purposes of a flamegraph.

E.g. "git checkout" will reliably have read/version early on, and then
write/version, in that case mostly/entirely redundant to the
do_{read,write}_index region, but in general I think we'll be able to
loosely plot data points say as "given the median runtime, here's the
median % of time into the command we first encounter this data point".

Interesting.  I was thinking of just the data value itself, rather than
the time when it was emitted.


[] I would add the child_start/_exit events to the stack.  This will
give you the names of non-builtin/shell commands and hooks.  The
various "child_class" and "use_shell" and "hook_name" fields will help
you avoid duplicate stack frames (which you'll get for builtin
commands).

Yeah that's very useful. Any reason not to do something like this:

     diff --git a/git.c b/git.c
     index 1bf9c94550..6c926ae013 100644
     --- a/git.c
     +++ b/git.c
     @@ -698 +698 @@ static void execv_dashed_external(const char **argv)
     -       trace2_cmd_name("_run_dashed_");
     +       trace2_cmd_name(is_builtin(argv[0]) ? argv[0] : "_run_dashed_");

I haven't tested, but we e.g. report 'git-submodule' as just
'_run_dashed_', seems we could do better...


The whole dispatch logic is a bit of a confusing mess between implicit
dashed commands, the various types of alias expansion, fallback, and
etc, so I'm a little cautious here.  What I'm reporting here is that
the current process is not directly doing anything -- just spawning
(or trying to spawn) a dashed command.  If that dashed command is bogus,
we may fallback and try an alias expansion (which is also spawned even
if it is a builtin command).

For dashed commands that resolve to builtin commands, we will get trace2
data from the child process itself, so we can ignore the data for the
_run_dashed_ process completely (when we are OK with ignoring process
spawning overhead).

For dashed commands that are shell scripts, we won't get any trace2 data
for the script itself, but we will get events for any git commands that
the script runs.  These are somewhat confusingly attributed to the
_run_dashed_ process.  It might be more useful to emit something like:
     "%s:%s, "_run_dashed_", cmd.args.argv[0]
but I'm not sure I want to suggest that yet.

You might try something like this:

$ git config --local --add alias.xxx "log --oneline"
$ export GIT_TR2_PERF=1
$ ./git --exec-path=. xxx
$ ./git --exec-path=. submodule status

and see how the different processes are started.

Jeff