Bug 123148

Summary: performance defect of snprintf in glibc
Product: Red Hat Enterprise Linux 3 Reporter: Yiyang Dai <yiyang.dai>
Component: glibcAssignee: Jakub Jelinek <jakub>
Status: CLOSED ERRATA QA Contact:
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Version: 3.0   
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Hardware: ia64   
OS: Linux   
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Description Yiyang Dai 2004-05-12 22:44:02 EDT
Description of problem:
compare to RH AS 2.1 the performance of snprintf is really 
unacceptable in RHEL3(RHEL-U2 has the same problem)

Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
KERNEL 2.4.21-15.EL

How reproducible:
a simple testing program
#include "stdio.h"
#include "unistd.h"
#include "sys/time.h"

unsigned int GetTickCount()
        struct timespec tp;
        unsigned int tt;
        tt = tp.tv_sec*1000+tp.tv_nsec/1000000;
int clock_gettime( struct timespec *tp)
        struct timeval tv;
        gettimeofday(&tv, NULL);
        tp->tv_sec = tv.tv_sec;
        tp->tv_nsec = tv.tv_usec*1000;
        return 0;

        char buf[1024];
        int x=234234;
        unsigned int count1,count2,count3;
        int i;

        for (i=0;i<1000000;i++)


        printf("%u msec used\n",count3);

Steps to Reproduce:
compile with gcc or intel's icc

on RH AS 2.1 the result is 1395 msec
but on RHEL3 & RHEL3-U2 the result is 5243 msec

on RH AS 2.1 if compile the testing code with -static ( static link 
the glibc-2.2.4-29.2 ) , and move the binary to RHEL3 , the result 
will be 1385 msec which seems ok.

Additional info:

both RH AS2.1 & RHEL3(RHEL3-U2) running on hp rx26000 (2x1.5GHz 
Itanium2 )
Comment 2 Yiyang Dai 2004-05-16 20:39:17 EDT
have tried , about 5x performance improved . when will this be 
mergered to officical release ? U3 ?
Comment 3 Jakub Jelinek 2004-05-17 03:13:43 EDT
Should go into FC3, RHEL3/U3 and RHEL4 b1.
Comment 5 Jakub Jelinek 2004-06-24 15:06:04 EDT
The patch is in glibc-2.3.2-95.21.
Comment 6 Jay Turner 2004-08-20 08:10:02 EDT
Performance with 2.3.2-95.26 is vastly improved.  Moving to modified
and will release as part of the U3 errata.
Comment 7 Jay Turner 2004-09-02 01:57:32 EDT
An errata has been issued which should help the problem 
described in this bug report. This report is therefore being 
closed with a resolution of ERRATA. For more information
on the solution and/or where to find the updated files, 
please follow the link below. You may reopen this bug report 
if the solution does not work for you.