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SubjectRe: [Scst-devel] Integration of SCST in the mainstream Linux kernel
FUJITA Tomonori wrote:
> On Tue, 29 Jan 2008 13:31:52 -0800
> Roland Dreier <rdreier@cisco.com> wrote:
>
>> > . . STGT read SCST read . STGT read SCST read .
>> > . . performance performance . performance performance .
>> > . . (0.5K, MB/s) (0.5K, MB/s) . (1 MB, MB/s) (1 MB, MB/s) .
>> > . iSER (8 Gb/s network) . 250 N/A . 360 N/A .
>> > . SRP (8 Gb/s network) . N/A 421 . N/A 683 .
>>
>> > On the comparable figures, which only seem to be IPoIB they're showing a
>> > 13-18% variance, aren't they? Which isn't an incredible difference.
>>
>> Maybe I'm all wet, but I think iSER vs. SRP should be roughly
>> comparable. The exact formatting of various messages etc. is
>> different but the data path using RDMA is pretty much identical. So
>> the big difference between STGT iSER and SCST SRP hints at some big
>> difference in the efficiency of the two implementations.
>
> iSER has parameters to limit the maximum size of RDMA (it needs to
> repeat RDMA with a poor configuration)?
>
>
> Anyway, here's the results from Robin Humble:
>
> iSER to 7G ramfs, x86_64, centos4.6, 2.6.22 kernels, git tgtd,
> initiator end booted with mem=512M, target with 8G ram
>
> direct i/o dd
> write/read 800/751 MB/s
> dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=1M count=5000 oflag=direct
> dd of=/dev/null if=/dev/sdc bs=1M count=5000 iflag=direct
>

Both Robin (iser/stgt) and Bart (scst/srp) using ramfs

Robin's numbers come from DDR IB HCAs

Bart's numbers come from SDR IB HCAs:
Results with /dev/ram0 configured as backing store on the
target (buffered I/O):
Read Write Read
Write
performance performance
performance performance
(0.5K, MB/s) (0.5K, MB/s) (1 MB,
MB/s) (1 MB, MB/s)
STGT + iSER 250 48 349
781
SCST + SRP 411 66 659
746

Results with /dev/ram0 configured as backing store on the
target (direct I/O):
Read Write Read
Write
performance performance
performance performance
(0.5K, MB/s) (0.5K, MB/s) (1 MB,
MB/s) (1 MB, MB/s)
STGT + iSER 7.9 9.8 589
647
SCST + SRP 12.3 9.7 811
794

http://www.mail-archive.com/linux-scsi@vger.kernel.org/msg13514.html

Here are my numbers with DDR IB HCAs, SCST/SRP 5G /dev/ram0
block_io mode, RHEL5 2.6.18-8.el5

direct i/o dd
write/read 1100/895 MB/s
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=1M count=5000 oflag=direct
dd of=/dev/null if=/dev/sdc bs=1M count=5000 iflag=direct

buffered i/o dd
write/read 950/770 MB/s
dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdc bs=1M count=5000
dd of=/dev/null if=/dev/sdc bs=1M count=5000

So when using DDR IB hcas:

stgt/iser scst/srp
direct I/O 800/751 1100/895
buffered I/O 1109/350 950/770


-vu
> http://www.mail-archive.com/linux-scsi@vger.kernel.org/msg13502.html
>
> I think that STGT is pretty fast with the fast backing storage.
>
>
> I don't think that there is the notable perfornace difference between
> kernel-space and user-space SRP (or ISER) implementations about moving
> data between hosts. IB is expected to enable user-space applications
> to move data between hosts quickly (if not, what can IB provide us?).
>
> I think that the question is how fast user-space applications can do
> I/Os ccompared with I/Os in kernel space. STGT is eager for the advent
> of good asynchronous I/O and event notification interfances.
>
>
> One more possible optimization for STGT is zero-copy data
> transfer. STGT uses pre-registered buffers and move data between page
> cache and thsse buffers, and then does RDMA transfer. If we implement
> own caching mechanism to use pre-registered buffers directly with (AIO
> and O_DIRECT), then STGT can move data without data copies.
>
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