CI: Choice of base commit for perf comparisons

Joachim Breitner mail at
Wed Dec 22 14:07:17 UTC 2021

Thanks! I like it when my feature suggestions are implemented even before I voice them ;-)

22.12.2021 14:13:24 Richard Eisenberg <lists at>:

> It seems to be that this thought is in the air right now. This was done just a few days ago:
> also looks relevant.
> Richard
>> On Dec 22, 2021, at 7:19 AM, Joachim Breitner <mail at> wrote:
>> Hi,
>> the new (or “new”?) handling of perf numbers, where CI just magically
>> records and compares them, without us having to manually edit the
>> `all.T` files, is a big improvement, thanks!
>> However, I found the choice of the base commit to compare against
>> unhelpful. Assume master is at commit M, and I start a feature branch
>> and MR with commit A. CI runs, and tells me about a performance
>> regressions, and CI is red. I now fix the issue and push commit B to
>> the branch. CI runs, but it picks A to compare against, and now it is
>> red because of an seemingly unexpected performance improvement!
>> I would have expected that all CI runs for this MR to compare the
>> performance against the base branch on master, and to look for perf
>> change notices in all commit messages in between.
>> I see these advantages:
>> * The reported perf changes correspond to the changes shown on the MR
>>   page
>> * Green CI = the MR is ready (after squashing)
>> * CI will have numbers for the base commit more reliably
>>   (else, if I push commit C quickly after B, then the job for B might
>>   be cancelled and Ci will report changes of C against A instead of B,
>>   which is unexpected).
>> I have used this logic of reporting perf changes (or any other
>> “differential CI”) against the base branch in the Motoko project and it
>> was quite natural.
>> Would it be desirable and possible for us here, too?
>> (A possible rebuttal might be: we don’t push new commits to feature
>> branches, but always squash and rebase, as that’s what we have to do
>> before merging anyways. If that’s the case then ok, although I
>> generally lean to having chronological commits on feature branches and
>> a nice squashed commit on master.)
>> Cheers,
>> Joachim
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