I wanted to do a quick comparison between snv_117 and snv_122 on my workstation to see what kind of improvement there is. I wrote a small C program which does a stat() N times in a loop. This is of course a micro-benchmark. Additionally it doesn't cover a case if doing stat() on not cached entries in DNLC has been improved too.
So I run the program several times on each build after a fresh restart. These were the numbers I was getting on average:
This is over 40% improvement in performance of stat() on ZFS - nice.
snv_117/ZFS# ptime ./stat_loop test 1000000
snv_122/ZFS# ptime ./stat_loop test 1000000
snv_122/UFS# ptime ./stat_loop test 1000000
Still stat() on UFS is faster by about 17%.
The fix could also help some very busy NFS servers :)
AFAIK it has not been backported to Solaris 10 so if you think you need it either go for Open Solaris or open a case with Sun's support and ask for a fix for S10.