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SubjectRe: high cpu load with sw raid1
On Thu, Sep 20, 2001 at 10:26:16AM +0200, David Hajek wrote:
> Hi,
>
> I have linux box with 70GB SW Raid1. This box runs for half
> a year without problems but now I meet the high cpu load
> problems. I suspect that it can be caused by not enough
> free disk space on this md device. I see following:
>
> 1 GB free - load > 5
> 5 GB free - load < 1

RAID does not know about "free space" (that is a filesystem thing), so that
would be either some strange interaction between the filesystem and lower
layers, or a measurement error - I guess.

High fragmentation could lead to extra filesystem activity, but that's not
really something the RAID can influence.

>
> I have to notice that this box is rather under heavy load
> (1 GB cvs tree, nfs homes etc.) My question is whether this
> load can depend on available disk space because I do not
> see any suspect processes that can cause such a high load.
>
> Kernel: 2.2.19
> Patches: lfs + md + ide
> RH6.2 + glibc-2.2.12

Please check that your disks are using DMA (hdparm /dev/hdX). You should
see something like:

[root@eagle /root]# hdparm /dev/hda

/dev/hda:
multcount = 16 (on)
I/O support = 0 (default 16-bit)
unmaskirq = 0 (off)
using_dma = 1 (on) <=========== INDICATES DMA
keepsettings = 0 (off)
nowerr = 0 (off)
readonly = 0 (off)
readahead = 8 (on)
geometry = 782/128/63, sectors = 6306048, start = 0

Without DMA you will see high CPU load from accessing the disks, regardless of
free space.

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