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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.16 - SATA read performance drop ~50% on Intel 82801GB/GR/GH
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Andreas Schnaiter wrote:
> Hi,
>
> after upgrading from linux 2.6.15.7 to 2.6.16.2 I noticed an extreme slowdown
> of the SATA disks on my system. Writing/reading a 8GB file showed that
> reading performes with less than half the speed on 2.6.16 (strangely hdparm
> shows almost no difference).
> The two affected disks are connected to the Intel 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7 Family)
> Serial ATA Controller.
> Disks on the Silicon Image/Intel IDE Controllers are not affected.
> I didn't have the chance yet to test if this problem also exists on the
> Silicon Image SATA Controller.
>
> Please tell me if there is any other useful information I can provide =)

Assuming that you reproduce this switching back to the old kernel, that
kind of lets the hardware out as the cause. I have to do measurements on
an SATA system to comment further.
>
>
> Linux 2.6.15.7
> ---
> # time dd if=/dev/zero of=/benchfile bs=1M count=8192
> 8192+0 records in
> 8192+0 records out
> 8589934592 bytes (8.6 GB) copied, 132.224 seconds, 65.0 MB/s
>
> real 2m12.347s
> user 0m0.018s
> sys 0m18.398s
>
> # time dd if=/benchfile of=/dev/null bs=1M
> 8192+0 records in
> 8192+0 records out
> 8589934592 bytes (8.6 GB) copied, 130.547 seconds, 65.8 MB/s
>
> real 2m10.670s
> user 0m0.023s
> sys 0m14.238s
>
> # hdparm -tT /dev/sdb
>
> /dev/sdb:
> Timing cached reads: 4488 MB in 2.00 seconds = 2244.34 MB/sec
> Timing buffered disk reads: 212 MB in 3.02 seconds = 70.30 MB/sec
>
>
> Linux 2.6.16.2
> ---
> # time dd if=/dev/zero of=/benchfile bs=1M count=8192
> 8192+0 records in
> 8192+0 records out
> 8589934592 bytes (8.6 GB) copied, 122.256 seconds, 70.3 MB/s
>
> real 2m2.460s
> user 0m0.013s
> sys 0m17.971s
>
> # time dd if=/benchfile of=/dev/null bs=1M
> 8192+0 records in
> 8192+0 records out
> 8589934592 bytes (8.6 GB) copied, 302.452 seconds, 28.4 MB/s
>
> real 5m3.100s
> user 0m0.021s
> sys 0m40.521s
>
> # hdparm -tT /dev/sdb
>
> /dev/sdb:
> Timing cached reads: 4520 MB in 2.00 seconds = 2264.99 MB/sec
> Timing buffered disk reads: 212 MB in 3.03 seconds = 70.03 MB/sec
>
>
> # lspci -v
> 00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation 955X Memory Controller Hub
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
> Capabilities: [e0] #09 [2109]
>
> 00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 955X PCI Express Graphics Port (prog-if
> 00 [Normal decode])
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
> Bus: primary=00, secondary=01, subordinate=01, sec-latency=0
> Memory behind bridge: 90000000-91ffffff
> Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 0000000080000000-000000008ff00000
> Capabilities: [88] #0d [0000]
> Capabilities: [80] Power Management version 2
> Capabilities: [90] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit- Queue=0/0
> Enable-
> Capabilities: [a0] #10 [0141]
>
> 00:1b.0 Class 0403: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) High Definition
> Audio Controller (rev 01)
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 0013
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 19
> Memory at 92200000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
> Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
> Capabilities: [60] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit+ Queue=0/0
> Enable-
> Capabilities: [70] #10 [0091]
>
> 00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) PCI Express Port 1
> (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
> Bus: primary=00, secondary=02, subordinate=02, sec-latency=0
> Memory behind bridge: 92300000-923fffff
> Capabilities: [40] #10 [0141]
> Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit- Queue=0/0
> Enable-
> Capabilities: [90] #0d [0000]
> Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
>
> 00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GR/GH/GHM (ICH7 Family) PCI Express
> Port 5 (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
> Bus: primary=00, secondary=03, subordinate=03, sec-latency=0
> Memory behind bridge: 92400000-924fffff
> Capabilities: [40] #10 [0141]
> Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit- Queue=0/0
> Enable-
> Capabilities: [90] #0d [0000]
> Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
>
> 00:1c.5 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GR/GH/GHM (ICH7 Family) PCI Express
> Port 6 (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [Normal decode])
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
> Bus: primary=00, secondary=04, subordinate=04, sec-latency=0
> I/O behind bridge: 00002000-00002fff
> Memory behind bridge: 92100000-921fffff
> Capabilities: [40] #10 [0141]
> Capabilities: [80] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit- Queue=0/0
> Enable-
> Capabilities: [90] #0d [0000]
> Capabilities: [a0] Power Management version 2
>
> 00:1d.0 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #1
> (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 21
> I/O ports at 3080 [size=32]
>
> 00:1d.1 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #2
> (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 20
> I/O ports at 3060 [size=32]
>
> 00:1d.2 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #3
> (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
> I/O ports at 3040 [size=32]
>
> 00:1d.3 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB UHCI #4
> (rev 01) (prog-if 00 [UHCI])
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
> I/O ports at 3020 [size=32]
>
> 00:1d.7 USB Controller: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) USB2 EHCI
> Controller (rev 01) (prog-if 20 [EHCI])
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 21
> Memory at 92204400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
> Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
> Capabilities: [58] #0a [20a0]
>
> 00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev e1) (prog-if 01
> [Subtractive decode])
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0
> Bus: primary=00, secondary=05, subordinate=05, sec-latency=32
> I/O behind bridge: 00001000-00001fff
> Memory behind bridge: 92000000-920fffff
> Prefetchable memory behind bridge: 0000000092500000-0000000092500000
> Capabilities: [50] #0d [0000]
>
> 00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR (ICH7 Family) LPC Interface
> Bridge (rev 01)
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0
> Capabilities: [e0] #09 [100c]
>
> 00:1f.1 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) IDE Controller
> (rev 01) (prog-if 8a [Master SecP PriP])
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 18
> I/O ports at <unassigned>
> I/O ports at <unassigned>
> I/O ports at <unassigned>
> I/O ports at <unassigned>
> I/O ports at 30b0 [size=16]
>
> 00:1f.2 IDE interface: Intel Corporation 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7 Family) Serial
> ATA Storage Controllers cc=IDE (rev 01) (prog-if 8f [Master SecP SecO PriP
> PriO])
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 0, IRQ 20
> I/O ports at 30c8 [size=8]
> I/O ports at 30e4 [size=4]
> I/O ports at 30c0 [size=8]
> I/O ports at 30e0 [size=4]
> I/O ports at 30a0 [size=16]
> Memory at 92204000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
> Capabilities: [70] Power Management version 2
>
> 00:1f.3 SMBus: Intel Corporation 82801G (ICH7 Family) SMBus Controller (rev
> 01)
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: medium devsel, IRQ 9
> I/O ports at 3000 [size=32]
>
> 01:00.0 VGA compatible controller: nVidia Corporation GeForce 6200
> TurboCache(TM) (rev a1) (prog-if 00 [VGA])
> Subsystem: nVidia Corporation: Unknown device 025d
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 16
> Memory at 91000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
> Memory at 80000000 (64-bit, prefetchable) [size=256M]
> Memory at 90000000 (64-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16M]
> Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2
> Capabilities: [68] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit+ Queue=0/0
> Enable-
> Capabilities: [78] #10 [0001]
>
> 04:00.0 Ethernet controller: Intel Corporation 82573V Gigabit Ethernet
> Controller (Copper) (rev 03)
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 3083
> Flags: bus master, fast devsel, latency 0, IRQ 17
> Memory at 92100000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=128K]
> I/O ports at 2000 [size=32]
> Capabilities: [c8] Power Management version 2
> Capabilities: [d0] Message Signalled Interrupts: 64bit+ Queue=0/0
> Enable-
> Capabilities: [e0] #10 [0001]
>
> 05:00.0 Multimedia audio controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy (rev 04)
> Subsystem: Creative Labs SB Audigy 2 ZS (SB0350)
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 22
> I/O ports at 1100 [size=64]
> Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 2
>
> 05:00.1 Input device controller: Creative Labs SB Audigy MIDI/Game port (rev
> 04)
> Subsystem: Creative Labs SB Audigy MIDI/Game Port
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32
> I/O ports at 1180 [size=8]
> Capabilities: [dc] Power Management version 2
>
> 05:00.2 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Creative Labs SB Audigy FireWire Port (rev 04)
> (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
> Subsystem: Creative Labs SB Audigy FireWire Port
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 19
> Memory at 92008800 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
> Memory at 92004000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
> Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2
>
> 05:01.0 RAID bus controller: Silicon Image, Inc. PCI0680 Ultra ATA-133 Host
> Controller (rev 02)
> Subsystem: Silicon Image, Inc. Winic W-680 (Silicon Image 680 based)
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 19
> I/O ports at 1178 [size=8]
> I/O ports at 1194 [size=4]
> I/O ports at 1170 [size=8]
> I/O ports at 1190 [size=4]
> I/O ports at 1150 [size=16]
> Memory at 92009500 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
> Expansion ROM at fff80000 [disabled] [size=512K]
> Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2
>
> 05:02.0 Ethernet controller: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd.
> RTL-8139/8139C/8139C+ (rev 10)
> Subsystem: Realtek Semiconductor Co., Ltd. RT8139
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 18
> I/O ports at 1000 [size=256]
> Memory at 92009400 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=256]
> Expansion ROM at 92580000 [disabled] [size=64K]
> Capabilities: [50] Power Management version 2
>
> 05:04.0 FireWire (IEEE 1394): Texas Instruments TSB82AA2 IEEE-1394b Link Layer
> Controller (rev 01) (prog-if 10 [OHCI])
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 4b42
> Flags: bus master, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 18
> Memory at 92008000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=2K]
> Memory at 92000000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=16K]
> Capabilities: [44] Power Management version 2
>
> 05:05.0 RAID bus controller: Silicon Image, Inc. SiI 3114 [SATALink/SATARaid]
> Serial ATA Controller (rev 02)
> Subsystem: Intel Corporation: Unknown device 7114
> Flags: bus master, 66Mhz, medium devsel, latency 32, IRQ 17
> I/O ports at 1168 [size=8]
> I/O ports at 118c [size=4]
> I/O ports at 1160 [size=8]
> I/O ports at 1188 [size=4]
> I/O ports at 1140 [size=16]
> Memory at 92009000 (32-bit, non-prefetchable) [size=1K]
> Expansion ROM at 92500000 [disabled] [size=512K]
> Capabilities: [60] Power Management version 2
>
>
> ---
> regards,
> Andreas


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