bw_pipe - time data movement through pipes
bw_pipe [ -m <message size> ] [ -M <total bytes> ] [ -P <parallelism> ]
[ -W <warmups> ] [ -N <repetitions> ]
bw_pipe creates a Unix pipe between two processes and moves total bytes
through the pipe in message size chunks (note that pipes are typically
sized smaller than that). The default total bytes is 10MB and the
default message size is 64KB.
Output format is "Pipe bandwidth: %0.2f MB/sec\n",
Pipe bandwidth: 4.87 MB/sec
This benchmark can move up to six times the requested memory per
process. There are two processes, the sender and the receiver. Most
Unix systems implement the read/write system calls as a bcopy from/to
kernel space to/from user space. Bcopy will use 2-3 times as much
memory bandwidth: there is one read from the source and a write to the
destionation. The write usually results in a cache line read and then
a write back of the cache line at some later point. Memory utilization
might be reduced by 1/3 if the processor architecture implemented "load
cache line" and "store cache line" instructions (as well as
Funding for the development of this tool was provided by Sun
Microsystems Computer Corporation.
Carl Staelin and Larry McVoy
Comments, suggestions, and bug reports are always welcome.
(c)1994 Larry McVoy $Date$