• Subject: Re: What About Price vs. Performance?
  • From: "Leif Svalgaard" <leif@xxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 5 Apr 2001 08:01:16 -0500

From: Joe Pluta <joepluta@PlutaBrothers.com>
> Leif, how are you measuring your time?  Are you including the database I/O?
> My screen requires about 20 database reads to build it.  So let's compare
> apples to apples.  If you're doing 20 DB reads and formatting a screen in
> 1.35msec, you're doing quite well.  Then again, I would ask how you
> it, and let me repeat your results.
> I got MY results by doing a WRKSYSACT, recording the elapsed CPU of the
> paging up and down 200 times, and rerecording the elapsed CPU.  How did you
> measure your time?
> There are lies, damn lies and statistics.

there are lies, damn lies, statistics and performance measurements!

No, I did not not include DB I/O as I thought we were comparing
(not them apples, but) HTML versus 5250 datastream *generation*.
Presumably the DB I/O would be the same for both and should be
factored out. If I take your quotes (if don't know where they fall
on the scale from lies, damn lies, statistics, and performance
HTML  100 msec
5250      20 msec

Then the DB I/O has to be less than 20msec, leaving at least 80
msec for the HTML generation. One could argue that the pure
DSP I/O time should be factored out as well, although
the larger volume of data for HTML might be important.

How did I do it: I changed my screen handler to generate the same
green screen 100,000 times, then measured that time with a
real watch (it took 135 seconds). Since I'm alone on the machine
that time is the most I can get out of it. Trying to count how many
machine cycles it took it futile because of CFINT, general overhead,
etc. What counts is the *real* wall-clock time something takes.
The CPU time proper might be less than 1.35msec but if I can't
take advantage of that, what do I care?

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