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SubjectRe: Adaptec vs Symbios performance
>Date: Wed, 31 Oct 2001 16:45:39 +0100
>From: Stephan von Krawczynski <>
>To: linux-kernel <>
>Subject: The good, the bad & the ugly (or VM, block devices, and SCSI :-)
>Message-Id: <>

<Sigh> I don't read all of the LK list and the mail was not cc'd
to me, so I did not see this thread.

>> A full dmesg would be better. Right now I have no idea what kind
>> of aic7xxx controller you are using,
>Adaptec A29160 (see above mail). Remarkably is I have a 32 bit PCI bus, no 64
>bit. This is an Asus CUV4X-D board.

*Please stop editing things*. I need the actual boot messages from
the detection of the aic7xxx card. It would also be nice to see
the output of /proc/scsi/aic7xxx/<card #>

>> the speed and type of CPU,
>2 x PIII 1GHz

Dmesg please.

>Sorry, misunderstanding. What I meant was: how fast can you read data
>from your cd-rom attached to some adaptec controller?

I'll run some tests tomorrow at work. I'm sure the results will
be dependent on the cdrom in question but they may show something.

>> >If you redo this test with nfs-load (copy files from some client to your
>> >test-box acting as nfs-server) you will end up at 1926 - 2631 kB/s
>> >with aic, but 3395 - 3605 kB/s with symbios.
>> What is the interrupt load during these tests?
>How can I present you an exact figure on this?

Isn't there a systat or vmstat equivalent under Linux that gives you
interrupt rates? I'll poke around tomorrow when I'm in front of a Linux

>> Have you verified that
>> disconnection is enabled for all devices on the aic7xxx controller?

The driver may not be seeing the same things as SCSI-Select for some
strange reason. Again, just email me a full dmesg after a successful
boot along with the /proc/scsi/aic7xxx/ output.

>> This does not look like an interrupt latency problem.
>Based on which thoughts?

It really looks like a bug in the driver's round-robin code or perhaps
a difference in how many transactions we allow to be queued in the
untagged case.

Can you re-run your tests with the output directed to /dev/null for cdrom
reads and also perform some benchmarks against your disk? The benchmarks
should operate on one device only at a time with as little I/O to any other
device during the test.

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