In mid-September, the 3.6 kernel appeared to be stabilizing nicely. Most
of the known regressions had been fixed, the patch volume was dropping, and
Linus was relatively happy. Then Nikolay Ulyanitsky showed up with a problem: the pgbench PostgreSQL
benchmark ran 20% slower than under 3.5. The resulting discussion shows
just how hard scalability can be on contemporary hardware and how hard
scheduling can be in general.
Click below (subscribers only) for the full article from this week's Kernel