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SubjectRe: [ltt-dev] [RFC PATCH] block: Fix bio merge induced high I/O latency
On Tue, 2009-01-20 at 23:54 -0500, Mathieu Desnoyers wrote:
> * Ben Gamari ( wrote:
> > On Tue, Jan 20, 2009 at 7:25 PM, Mathieu Desnoyers
> > <> wrote:
> > > * Mathieu Desnoyers ( wrote:
> > >
> > > As a side-note : I'd like to have my results confirmed by others.
> >
> > Well, I think the (fixed) patch did help to some degree (I haven't
> > done fio benchmarks to compare against yet). Unfortunately, the I/O
> > wait time problem still remains. I have been waiting 3 minutes now for
> > evolution to start with 88% I/O wait time yet no visible signs of
> > progress. I've confirmed I'm using the CFQ scheduler, so that's not
> > the problem.
> >
> Did you also
> echo 1 > /sys/block/sd{a,b}/device/queue_depth
I have been using this in some of my measurements (this is recorded, of

> echo 1 > /sys/block/sd{a,b}/queue/iosched/slice_async_rq
> echo 1 > /sys/block/sd{a,b}/queue/iosched/quantum
I haven't been doing this although I will collect a data set with these
parameters set. It would be to compare the effect of this to the default

> (replacing sd{a,b} with your actual drives) ?
> It seems to have been part of the factors that helped (along with the
> patch).
> And hopefully you don't have a recent Seagate hard drive like me ? :-)
Thankfully, no.

> So you test case is :
> - start a large dd with 1M block size
> - time evolution
I've been using evolution to get a rough idea of the performance of the
configurations but not as a benchmark per se. I have some pretty
good-sized maildirs, so launching evolution for the first time can be
quite a task, IO-wise. Also, switching between folders used to be quite
time consuming. It seems like the patch did help a bit on this front

For a quantitative benchmark I've been using the fio job that you posted
earlier. I've been collecting results and should have a pretty good data
set soon.

I'll send out a compilation of all the data I've collected as soon as
I've finished.

- Ben

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