The summary is that tcmalloc and jemalloc provide a similar benefit and are much better than glibc malloc. I made no attempt to tune tcmalloc or jemalloc. I ran iibench 3 times for each configuration and chose the median result. There are four metrics for each configuration:
- Test duration in seconds
- Address space size per the VSZ column in ps
- Normalized context switch rate - the number of context switches per N documents inserted. I will leave N as undefined for now so the absolute value isn't interesting. The value can be compared between malloc implementations.
- Normalized CPU utilization - CPU utilization per N documents inserted. See #3.
seconds VSZ(GB) context-switch(relative) CPU(relative)
tcmalloc 1943 65.1 6.6 26510
jemalloc 1877 64.5 7.1 27165
glibc 2251 72.3 23.0 32120
For this test glibc uses 1.19X more time, 1.12X more address space, 3.23X more context switches and 1.18X more CPU than jemalloc and tcmalloc is similar to jemalloc. As tcmalloc is bundled with the source distribution for MongoDB I assume it is used in the binaries they distribute. This appears to be a good thing.