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SubjectRe: O_DIRECT please; Sybase 12.5
Alan Cox wrote:
>
> > the boss say "If Linux makes Sybase go through the page cache on
> > reads, maybe we'll just have to switch to Solaris. That's
> > a serious performance problem."
>
> Thats something you'd have to benchmark. It depends on a very large number
> of factors including whether the database uses mmap, the average I/O size
> and the like

I'll probably benchmark raw vs. non-raw I/O with Sybase ASE 12.5
on our application once we've come up to speed on basic performance
issues (we're database newbies).

> > It supports raw partitions, which is good; that might satisfy my
> > boss (although the administration will be a pain, and I'm not
> > sure whether it's really supported by Dell RAID devices).
> > I'd prefer O_DIRECT :-(
>
> We already support raw direct I/O to devices themselves so they should support
> that - if not then Oracle I believe already does.

Haven't seen Sybase talk about O_DIRECT. Not sure we want to
pony up the Sybase license fees. (I'm still in denial about
databases in general, and hope I can switch to PostgreSQL
at some point.)

BTW,
http://eval.veritas.com/webfiles/whitepapers/sybaseedition/sybase14_performance_paper.pdf
seems to show that raw beats O_DIRECT hands down on Solaris.
Will that hold on Linux, or is your (forthcoming?) O_DIRECT
higher performance than the one on Solaris?

Thanks,
Dan
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