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SubjectRe: [resent PATCH] Re: very slow parallel read performance
On Sun, 26 Aug 2001, Marc A. Lehmann wrote:
> On Sun, Aug 26, 2001 at 10:48:05AM -0300, Rik van Riel <> wrote:

> > This paper convinced me that doing just elevator sorting
> > is never enough ;)
> It must be enough, unfortunately ;)

Then you'll need to change the physical structure of
your disks to eliminate seek time. ;)

> > One thing you could do, in recent -ac kernels, is make the
> > maximum readahead size smaller by lowering the value in
> > /proc/sys/vm/max-readahead
> Yes, this indeed helps slightly (with the ac9 kernel I don't see the
> massive thrashing going on with the linus' ones anyway). Now the only
> thing left would be to be able to to that per access

Automatic scaling of readahead window and possibly more agressive
drop-behind could help your system load.

Could you give me a few (heavy load) lines of 'vmstat 5' output
so we have an idea of what kind of system load we're facing, and
the active/inactive memory lines from /proc/meminfo ?

> It seems that I can in excess of 4MB/s (sometimes 5MB/s) when using
> large bounce-buffers and disabling read-ahead completely under ac9. So
> something with the kernel read-ahead *is* going wrong, as the default
> read-ahead of 31 (pages? 124k) is very similar to my current
> read-buffer size of 128k. And enabling read-ahead and decreasing the
> user-space buffers gives abysmal performance again.

Indeed, something is going wrong ;)

Lets find out exactly what so we can iron out this bug


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