After extensive benchmarking by both Howard & I, it seems the default value
for the threads setting in OpenLDAP (16) is excessive for most hardware.
Unless someone has plenty of CPUs (at least 4+, not counting fake HT CPUs),
slapd performance is significantly improved by running at 8 threads.
Recent tests done by Howard indicated that dropping the number of threads
to 4 on my 2 CPU boxes further improved read performance, but I haven't had
the time to do the corresponding write performance tests to see how they
were impacted. In any case, the "8" value is definitely better for both
read & write performance for 1 & 2 CPU servers (and possibly 4, I just
haven't had one to experiment on). The only time I've found a need to
increase the number of threads was when I was benchmarking the Sun T2000,
which had 32 cores. Given all of this, I'd like to propose that we change
in slap.h from 16 to 8 for OpenLDAP 2.4.
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