[ros-users] Messaging Performance

Radu Bogdan Rusu rusu at willowgarage.com
Tue May 18 16:49:05 UTC 2010


The nodelets are always going to be faster if you can work in a single process, because you never copy data, you just 
pass pointers to it. I did some tests with PointCloud2 and PCL, and I successfully managed to pass over 1000 PointCloud2 
messages (300k points, xyzw) per second, versus ~20 over loopback. The tests are somewhere embedded in PCL, under tests, 
but they are not refined. I'll see whether I have time to clean them up and put the results on a web page.

Josh also did more tests with TCP, and I believe the results are somewhere on the wiki, but I couldn't find them right now.


On 05/18/2010 08:28 AM, Charlie Thomson wrote:
> We're experimenting with ROS, and before diving too deeply into it I was
> wondering if anyone had some performance metrics on the messaging. How
> many messages per second can one reasonably expect on modern hardware,
> how many bytes per second, when would it be a good idea to switch over
> to nodelets and bypass lo entirely, that sort of thing.
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