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README

ABOUT

This directory contains a tiny, very complicated framework
for micro benchmarks. In this document we mean by micro
benchmarks PHP scripts that test certain functions of the
ext/mysqli API and record the runtimes of them.

The tests have not much in common with real-life applications,
unless you run the same query like 1.000 times in your
applications and you fetch over and over the same results or
you call mysqli_connect() 10.000 times at the beginning of your
scripts.

Therefore the micro benchmarks say nothing about real-life
performance. BUT they can give hints for bottle-neck analysis.


THE BASIC IDEA

The basic idea here is to have several PHP binaries compiled
with different options and compare how fast they can execute
the micro benchmarks. The micro benchmarks are the PHP
scripts contained in the directory micro_benches/.

For every PHP binaries, configured in framework/config.php
the framework basically does:

exec('/configured/php -f my_micro_bench.php')

With my_micro_bench.php being something like (pseudo-code):

$host = <DB host from framework/config.php>;
$user = <DB user from framework/config.php>;
[...]
include('micro_bench_eg_mysqli_connect.php');
$tmp = serialize(array('times' => $times));
[...]
fwrite('data_exchange_file.txt', $tmp)

Then the runtimes are read from the data exchange file:

 - stored in a database for manual post-processing
 - shown on the command line
 - written to HTML files


CONFIGURATION / INSTALLATION

Edit framework/config.php . Read the notes in the file.

The framework requires a MySQL database to store 
results. Install it, if needed. The default name for the
database is 'runbench', see the config.php.


RUNNING

Make sure you have adapted framework/config.php
to your needs and followed the other INSTALLATION steps.

With the default settings, runtime is about 15 minutes on
a single CPU 2Ghz P4 system. The maximum memory usage is
just a bit above 1GB.

Ok, you're warned. Go to the directory framework/:

> cd php/ext/mysqli/tests/bench/framework/

Check the syntax of the CLI script main.php:

> php main.php -v
Missing file and/or directory specification!

Syntax:
  program [options] dir_or_file [dir_or_file [dir_or_file ...]]

Options:
  -v                - Verbose
  -h                - Help
  -q                - Quiet, suppress output


Try running a micro benchmark, for example mysqli_data_seek_random.php:

> php main.php -v ../micro_benches/mysqli_data_seek_random

[2011-03-01 15:48:07] Starting run for binary 'mysqli' and runner 'rb_testrunner_normal'...
[...]

Wait for the results. You can find a HTML representation of
the results in the HTML output directory that you configured in
framework/config.php. By default: framework/web/

If the run fails, you usually see something like:

...'configured/php -f mysqli_data_seek_random_php_run_normal.php'

The file mysqli_data_seek_random_php_run_normal.php
is and example of the temporary file that the framework
creates (see THE BASIC IDEA). You can start to debug,
profile - whatever you want - based on this temporary file.
However, before you rerun main.php make sure you removed
all of these temporary files!

If you want to run all micro benchmarks, do:

> php main.php -v ../micro_benches


READING AND UNDERSTANDING RESULTS

This is difficult!

Make sure you have no load on your
box for comparable results. Make sure you study the
source of the micro benchmark files carefully.
Try to understand what the scripts do.


WINDOWS?

Never tried it on Windows. Good luck, and don't
forget to contribute and suggest fixes if need be!


OPROFILE SUPPORT?

Not yet. We had it once in an older version. Basically
you need to write a new testrunner. 
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