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SubjectRe: 2.4.10 and ext3
Mike Black wrote:
>
> Status report...
> Upgraded from 2.4.8 to 2.4.10 (with new 2.4.10 patch).
> This is on a dual PIII/1Ghz FibreChannel 2G RAM
>
> Single-threaded Seq Read improves a LOT (doubles+)
> Multi-threaded Seq Read improved a bit
> Seq Write improves a LOT
> Rand Write decreases a bit
> All are using less CPU time.
>
> Here's 2.4.8
> Linux yeti 2.4.8 #2 SMP Fri Aug 17 05:50:03 EDT 2001 i686 unknown
> Done 9/5/01
> root@yeti:/usr5# tiobench.pl --size 4000
> Size is MB, BlkSz is Bytes, Read, Write, and Seeks are MB/secd . -T
>
> File Block Num Seq Read Rand Read Seq Write Rand Write
> Dir Size Size Thr Rate (CPU%) Rate (CPU%) Rate (CPU%) Rate (CPU%)
> ------- ------ ------- --- ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
> . 4000 4096 1 39.83 30.8% 0.572 0.87% 21.83 55.8% 1.226 0.70%
> . 4000 4096 2 21.30 21.2% 0.711 1.52% 9.695 70.0% 1.274 1.05%
> . 4000 4096 4 18.86 19.6% 0.844 1.92% 9.568 70.1% 1.228 1.62%
> . 4000 4096 8 17.38 18.7% 0.983 2.12% 5.995 98.7% 1.255 1.54%
>
> Here's 2.4.10
> tiobench.pl --size 4000
> Size is MB, BlkSz is Bytes, Read, Write, and Seeks are MB/secd . -T
>
> File Block Num Seq Read Rand Read Seq Write Rand Write
> Dir Size Size Thr Rate (CPU%) Rate (CPU%) Rate (CPU%) Rate (CPU%)
> ------- ------ ------- --- ----------- ----------- ----------- -----------
> . 4000 4096 1 85.57 46.9% 0.689 0.83% 26.02 28.7% 0.993 0.57%
> . 4000 4096 2 28.08 16.4% 0.805 1.36% 25.71 36.4% 1.062 0.57%
> . 4000 4096 4 22.50 13.5% 0.927 1.76% 16.69 26.3% 1.097 0.72%
> . 4000 4096 8 20.37 12.6% 1.062 2.00% 13.01 21.5% 1.114 0.85%
>

So the sequential write rate at eight threads has quadrupled, while
the CPU utilisation has halved. That's OK :)

None of this will be due to ext3, BTW: it'll be due to VM and/or RAID5
improvements.

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