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Speed comparison

From: "Justin C. Sherrill" <justin@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Tue, 16 Jun 2009 23:25:53 -0400 (EDT)

I started a bulk build of the same pkgsrc-current code at the same time on
two systems: avalon.dragonflybsd.org and df.v12.su.

Avalon has a Xeon X3220 2.4G CPU, 3G RAM, 150M SATA drives.
df.v12.su has a Core 2 Duo 2.4G CPU, 3G RAM, 300M SATA drives.

Both have comparable bandwidth, as far as I can tell.  Both are on Hammer.
 Avalon is running a cpu-bound process that is tying up core 1 almost
continuously, causing occasional and noticable pauses at the terminal.

When starting the build, df.v12.su finished scanning and started building
packages first, and continued to lead.  I figured this was because of that
long-running process on avalon.  Checking in now, df.v12.su has 6257/8849
packages built, and avalon has 7218/8849.

The only differences are that snapshots are still on (though infrequent)
on df.12.su and avalon is running that one program eating up CPU.  So,
either the snapshots are affecting the run a lot more than that CPU-eating
program, or there's some other factor I missed.

It's not a very scientific test, but it makes a case that we may want to
test snapshots to see if that makes a significant performance difference. 
Assuming my theory is right, that is.

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