Issue #14723 has been updated by sam.saffron (Sam Saffron).


I really really like this, its a free performance boost with almost no downsides. 

I guess the simplest way of measuring it would be to run something like Discourse bench with and without the patch. In theory we should get better timings after the patch cause it decreases odds that the various GC processes will run when the interpreter wants to run Ruby. 

Implementation wise it seems like you only have it on rb_wait_for_single_fd, is there any way you can make this work with the pg gem? It just builds on libpq per: https://www.postgresql.org/docs/8.3/static/libpq-async.html so maybe you would need to expose an end point for libpq to "trigger" partial gc processes just when you send a query? 



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Feature #14723: [WIP] sleepy GC
https://bugs.ruby-lang.org/issues/14723#change-71722

* Author: normalperson (Eric Wong)
* Status: Open
* Priority: Normal
* Assignee: 
* Target version: 
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The idea is to use "idle time" when process is otherwise sleeping
and using no CPU time to perform GC.  It makes sense because real
world traffic sees idle time due to network latency and waiting
for user input.

Right now, it's Linux-only.  Future patches will affect other sleeping
functions:

  IO.select, Kernel#sleep, Thread#join, Process.waitpid, etc...

I don't know if this patch can be implemented for win32, right
now it's just dummy functions and that will be somebody elses
job.  But all pthreads platforms should eventually benefit.


Before this patch, the entropy-dependent script below takes 95MB
consistently on my system.  Now, depending on the amount of
entropy on my system, it takes anywhere from 43MB to 75MB.

I'm using /dev/urandom to simulate real-world network latency
variations.  There is no improvement when using /dev/zero
because the process is never idle.

  require 'net/http'
  require 'digest/md5'
  Thread.abort_on_exception = true
  s = TCPServer.new('127.0.0.1', 0)
  len = 1024 * 1024 * 1024
  th = Thread.new do
    c = s.accept
    c.readpartial(16384)
    c.write("HTTP/1.0 200 OK\r\nContent-Length: #{len}\r\n\r\n")
    IO.copy_stream('/dev/urandom', c, len)
    c.close
  end

  addr = s.addr
  Net::HTTP.start(addr[3], addr[1]) do |http|
    http.request_get('/') do |res|
      dig = Digest::MD5.new
      res.read_body { |buf|
        dig.update(buf)
      }
      puts dig.hexdigest
    end
  end

The above script is also dependent on net/protocol using
read_nonblock.  Ordinary IO objects will need IO#nonblock=true
to see benefits (because they never hit rb_wait_for_single_fd)

* gc.c (rb_gc_inprogress): new function
  (rb_gc_step): ditto
* internal.h: declare prototypes for new gc.c functions
* thread_pthread.c (gvl_contended_p): new function
* thread_win32.c (gvl_contended_p): ditto (dummy)
* thread.c (rb_wait_for_single_fd w/ ppoll):
  use new functions to perform GC while GVL is uncontended
  and GC is lazy sweeping or incremental marking
  [ruby-core:86265]
```

2 part patch broken out
https://80x24.org/spew/20180429035007.6499-2-e / 80x24.org/raw
https://80x24.org/spew/20180429035007.6499-3-e / 80x24.org/raw

Also on my "sleepy-gc" git branch @ git://80x24.org/ruby.git


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