Performance in Prestashop 1.7: new improvement
I) Performance improvements in 188.8.131.52
With the release of PrestaShop 184.108.40.206, we have tried to remove a few point of contention which were affecting badly overall PrestaShop performance:
- Specific price computation
- Bad sale page pagination, which loaded too many products on one page
II) Why improving specificPrice is important for performance?
According to our internal software, specificPrice computation was particularly slow, AND present across a lot of pages.
Basically our software crawls a website, profiles each page it finds, then generates a global report. SpecificPrice was listed in the top 5 most resource and time consuming operation, overall.
III) When can I expect improvements?
Each time a price is displayed, the specificPrice method is called. The logic can be greatly optimized when there is no "global" specific price rule. A global rule means it applies to all your products. Luckily, global rules don't occur that often in a real shop. In this case :
- if no specific price at all exists for a given product, don't try to compute the specificPrice (makes sense, doesn't it?)
- if a specific price exists for this product, the SQL query will be optimised and executed faster.
This also allows to improve the local specificPrice cache, and greatly reduces the number of SQL queries associated with it.
IV) Let's bench!
1) The configurationTo do this benchmark, we chose to use a dedicated Mini HG server from OVH, which offers high performances for a fairly decent price :
- CPU : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2650 v2 @ 2.60GHz (8 cores, 16 threads)
- Memory : 64GB
- Disk : 2x SSD 600GB
- RAID Controller : LSI MegaRAID SAS 9271-4i CacheVault 1G FastPath
- Apache 2.4.23, with mpm_event and the following configuration :
ServerLimit 16 MaxClients 400 StartServers 3 ThreadLimit 64 ThreadsPerChild 25 MaxRequestWorkers 400 MaxConnectionsPerChild 0
- PHP 7.0.23 & APCu + Zend OpCache v7.0.23 PHP-FPM mode with the following configuration :
pm = dynamic pm.max_children = 400 pm.start_servers = 75 pm.min_spare_servers = 50 pm.max_spare_servers = 100
- MariaDB 10.2.8, with the following configuration :
performance_schema = OFF innodb_lock_wait_timeout = 120 default_storage_engine = InnoDB max_allowed_packet = 16M key_buffer_size = 128M table_cache = 4096 read_buffer_size = 2M read_rnd_buffer_size = 1M thread_cache_size = 80 join_buffer_size = 2M sort_buffer_size = 2M max_connections = 400 tmp_table_size = 32M max_heap_table_size = 32M table_definition_cache = 8192 query_cache_size = 32M innodb_buffer_pool_size = 3G innodb_log_file_size = 128M innodb_log_files_in_group = 2 innodb_log_buffer_size = 8M innodb_flush_log_at_trx_commit = 2 innodb_thread_concurrency = 64 innodb_read_io_threads = 8 innodb_write_io_threads = 8 innodb_flush_method = O_DIRECT innodb_file_per_table = 1 innodb_io_capacity = 2000 innodb_file_format = Barracuda innodb_checksum_algorithm = crc32 innodb_log_compressed_pages = 0 # SSD innodb_flush_neighbors = 0 # Mutex contention innodb_buffer_pool_instances = 32We bench a real shop with :
- 1827 categories
- 10843 cart rules
- 1904 products
- 2M product attributes
- 16.5M attribute combinations
- 57 specific prices
- category pages
- product pages
- home pages
- cart pages
- best sales pages
- tag search pages
- manufacturer pages
- new product pages
- price drop pages
- supplier pages
- search pages
2) The result
With this shop with few specific prices in the database, the gain is interesting. Even at low concurrency, the improved local cache reduces the number of SQL queries, and allows 1.7 to have the same level of performances than 1.6.1.
At high concurrency, the gain is even higher because a signification point of contention on the database is removed.
The 220.127.116.11 performance improvement is really interesting at high concurrency, and also lower the number of SQL queries at low concurrency. However you'll see improvement only if you don't have any global specific price rules in your database, which should be the case most of the time.
To check if you have global specific price rules, just search in your database if you have any results with id_product=0 in the specific_price table!