Mutilate is a memcached load generator designed for high request
rates, good tail-latency measurements, and realistic request stream
- Masterless mode.
- Sinusoidal type of stress [WIP]
- Storing latency of each request to InfluxDB [WIP]
- A C++0x compiler
- zeromq (optional)
Mutilate has only been thoroughly tested on Ubuntu 11.10. We'll flesh
out compatibility over time.
apt-get install scons libevent-dev gengetopt libzmq-dev scons
Type './mutilate -h' for a full list of command-line options. At
minimum, a server must be specified.
$ ./mutilate -s localhost #type avg min 1st 5th 10th 90th 95th 99th read 52.4 41.0 43.1 45.2 48.1 55.8 56.6 71.5 update 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 op_q 1.5 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.9 2.0 2.0 Total QPS = 18416.6 (92083 / 5.0s) Misses = 0 (0.0%) RX 22744501 bytes : 4.3 MB/s TX 3315024 bytes : 0.6 MB/s
Mutilate reports the latency (average, minimum, and various
percentiles) for get and set commands, as well as achieved QPS and
To achieve high request rate, you must configure mutilate to use
multiple threads, multiple connections, connection pipelining, or
$ ./mutilate -s zephyr2-10g -T 24 -c 8 #type avg min 1st 5th 10th 90th 95th 99th read 598.8 86.0 437.2 466.6 482.6 977.0 1075.8 1170.6 update 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 op_q 1.5 1.0 1.0 1.1 1.1 1.9 1.9 2.0 Total QPS = 318710.8 (1593559 / 5.0s) Misses = 0 (0.0%) RX 393609073 bytes : 75.1 MB/s TX 57374136 bytes : 10.9 MB/s
Real deployments of memcached often handle the requests of dozens,
hundreds, or thousands of front-end clients simultaneously. However,
by default, mutilate establishes one connection per server and meters
requests one at a time (it waits for a reply before sending the next
request). This artificially limits throughput (i.e. queries per
second), as the round-trip network latency is almost certainly far
longer than the time it takes for the memcached server to process one
In order to get reasonable benchmark results with mutilate, it needs
to be configured to more accurately portray a realistic client
workload. In general, this means ensuring that (1) there are a large
number of client connections, (2) there is the potential for a large
number of outstanding requests, and (3) the memcached server saturates
and experiences queuing delay far before mutilate does. I suggest the
- Establish on the order of 100 connections per memcached server
- Don't exceed more than about 16 connections per mutilate thread.
- Use multiple mutilate agents in order to achieve (1) and (2).
- Do not use more mutilate threads than hardware cores/threads.
- Use -Q to configure the "master" agent to take latency samples at
slow, a constant rate.
Here's an example:
memcached_server$ memcached -t 4 -c 32768 agent1$ mutilate -T 16 -A agent2$ mutilate -T 16 -A agent3$ mutilate -T 16 -A agent4$ mutilate -T 16 -A agent5$ mutilate -T 16 -A agent6$ mutilate -T 16 -A agent7$ mutilate -T 16 -A agent8$ mutilate -T 16 -A master$ mutilate -s memcached_server --loadonly master$ mutilate -s memcached_server --noload \ -B -T 16 -Q 1000 -D 4 -C 4 \ -a agent1 -a agent2 -a agent3 -a agent4 \ -a agent5 -a agent6 -a agent7 -a agent8 \ -c 4 -q 200000
This will create 8164 = 512 connections total, which is about 128
per memcached server thread. This ought to be enough outstanding
requests to cause server-side queuing delay, and no possibility of
client-side queuing delay adulterating the latency measurements.
mutilate3 0.1 Usage: mutilate -s server[:port] [options] "High-performance" memcached benchmarking tool -h, --help Print help and exit --version Print version and exit -v, --verbose Verbosity. Repeat for more verbose. --quiet Disable log messages. Basic options: -s, --server=STRING Memcached server hostname[:port]. Repeat to specify multiple servers. --binary Use binary memcached protocol instead of ASCII. -q, --qps=INT Target aggregate QPS. 0 = peak QPS. (default=`0') -t, --time=INT Maximum time to run (seconds). (default=`5') -K, --keysize=STRING Length of memcached keys (distribution). (default=`30') -V, --valuesize=STRING Length of memcached values (distribution). (default=`200') -r, --records=INT Number of memcached records to use. If multiple memcached servers are given, this number is divided by the number of servers. (default=`10000') -u, --update=FLOAT Ratio of set:get commands. (default=`0.0') Advanced options: -U, --username=STRING Username to use for SASL authentication. -P, --password=STRING Password to use for SASL authentication. -T, --threads=INT Number of threads to spawn. (default=`1') --affinity Set CPU affinity for threads, round-robin -c, --connections=INT Connections to establish per server. (default=`1') -d, --depth=INT Maximum depth to pipeline requests. (default=`1') -R, --roundrobin Assign threads to servers in round-robin fashion. By default, each thread connects to every server. -i, --iadist=STRING Inter-arrival distribution (distribution). Note: The distribution will automatically be adjusted to match the QPS given by --qps. (default=`exponential') -S, --skip Skip transmissions if previous requests are late. This harms the long-term QPS average, but reduces spikes in QPS after long latency requests. --moderate Enforce a minimum delay of ~1/lambda between requests. --noload Skip database loading. --loadonly Load database and then exit. -B, --blocking Use blocking epoll(). May increase latency. --no_nodelay Don't use TCP_NODELAY. -w, --warmup=INT Warmup time before starting measurement. -W, --wait=INT Time to wait after startup to start measurement. --save=STRING Record latency samples to given file. --search=N:X Search for the QPS where N-order statistic < Xus. (i.e. --search 95:1000 means find the QPS where 95% of requests are faster than 1000us). --scan=min:max:step Scan latency across QPS rates from min to max. Agent-mode options: -A, --agentmode Run client in agent mode. -M, --masterless_agentmode Run client in masterless agent mode. -a, --agent=host Enlist remote agent. -p, --agent_port=STRING Agent port. (default=`5556') -l, --lambda_mul=INT Lambda multiplier. Increases share of QPS for this client. (default=`1') -C, --measure_connections=INT Master client connections per server, overrides --connections. -Q, --measure_qps=INT Explicitly set master client QPS, spread across threads and connections. -D, --measure_depth=INT Set master client connection depth. The --measure_* options aid in taking latency measurements of the memcached server without incurring significant client-side queuing delay. --measure_connections allows the master to override the --connections option. --measure_depth allows the master to operate as an "open-loop" client while other agents continue as a regular closed-loop clients. --measure_qps lets you modulate the QPS the master queries at independent of other clients. This theoretically normalizes the baseline queuing delay you expect to see across a wide range of --qps values. Some options take a 'distribution' as an argument. Distributions are specified by <distribution>[:<param1>[,...]]. Parameters are not required. The following distributions are supported: [fixed:]<value> Always generates <value>. uniform:<max> Uniform distribution between 0 and <max>. normal:<mean>,<sd> Normal distribution. exponential:<lambda> Exponential distribution. pareto:<loc>,<scale>,<shape> Generalized Pareto distribution. gev:<loc>,<scale>,<shape> Generalized Extreme Value distribution. To recreate the Facebook "ETC" request stream from , the following hard-coded distributions are also provided: fb_value = a hard-coded discrete and GPareto PDF of value sizes fb_key = "gev:30.7984,8.20449,0.078688", key-size distribution fb_ia = "pareto:0.0,16.0292,0.154971", inter-arrival time dist.  Berk Atikoglu et al., Workload Analysis of a Large-Scale Key-Value Store, SIGMETRICS 2012