Commit 932cd41d authored by Committed by Ben GamariBrowse files
testsuite: Save performance metrics in git notes.
This patch makes the following improvement: - Automatically records test metrics (per test environment) so that the programmer need not supply nor update expected values in *.T files. - On expected metric changes, the programmer need only indicate the direction of change in the git commit message. - Provides a simple python tool "perf_notes.py" to compare metrics over time. Issues: - Using just the previous commit allows performance to drift with each commit. - Currently we allow drift as we have a preference for minimizing false positives. - Some possible alternatives include: - Use metrics from a fixed commit per test: the last commit that allowed a change in performance (else the oldest metric) - Or use some sort of aggregate since the last commit that allowed a change in performance (else all available metrics) - These alternatives may result in a performance issue (with the test driver) having to heavily search git commits/notes. - Run locally, performance tests will trivially pass unless the tests were run locally on the previous commit. This is often not the case e.g. after pulling recent changes. Previously, *.T files contain statements such as: ``` stats_num_field('peak_megabytes_allocated', (2, 1)) compiler_stats_num_field('bytes allocated', [(wordsize(64), 165890392, 10)]) ``` This required the programmer to give the expected values and a tolerance deviation (percentage). With this patch, the above statements are replaced with: ``` collect_stats('peak_megabytes_allocated', 5) collect_compiler_stats('bytes allocated', 10) ``` So that programmer must only enter which metrics to test and a tolerance deviation. No expected value is required. CircleCI will then run the tests per test environment and record the metrics to a git note for that commit and push them to the git.haskell.org ghc repo. Metrics will be compared to the previous commit. If they are different by the tolerance deviation from the *.T file, then the corresponding test will fail. By adding to the git commit message e.g. ``` # Metric (In|De)crease <metric(s)> <options>: <tests> Metric Increase ['bytes allocated', 'peak_megabytes_allocated'] \ (test_env='linux_x86', way='default'): Test012, Test345 Metric Decrease 'bytes allocated': Test678 Metric Increase: Test711 ``` This will allow the noted changes (letting the test pass). Note that by omitting metrics or options, the change will apply to all possible metrics/options (i.e. in the above, an increase for all metrics in all test environments is allowed for Test711) phabricator will use the message in the description Reviewers: bgamari, hvr Reviewed By: bgamari Subscribers: rwbarton, carter GHC Trac Issues: #12758 Differential Revision: https://phabricator.haskell.org/D5059
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