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SubjectRe: Errors in the VM - detailed
> I'm looking into this a bit.. One question, you seem to have 200 processes
> waiting on IO, That's interesting since it is exactly double your 100
> readers.. Any idea what those other 100 are? btw, would you mind repeating
> this with a tiny little c program that just reads the data, and doesn't
> write the data out anywhere??

sorry... I've been doing testing with both 200 and 100 processes. The
numbers on the vmstat was from another run

>
> let me know
>
> - jim
>
> Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk <roy@karlsbakk.net>@vger.kernel.org on 01/31/2002
> 07:05:12 AM
>
> Sent by: linux-kernel-owner@vger.kernel.org
>
>
> To: <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
> cc:
> Subject: Errors in the VM - detailed
>
>
>
> hi all
>
> The last month or so, I've been trying to make a particular configuration
> work
> with Linux-2.4.17 and other 2.4.x kernels. Two major bugs have been
> blocking
> my way into the light. Below follows a detailed description on both bugs.
> One
> of them seems to be solved in the latests -rmap patches. The other is still
> unsolved.
>
> CONFIGURATION INTRO
>
> The test has been performed on two equally configured computers, giving the
> same results, telling the chance of hardware failure is rather small.
>
> Config:
>
> 1xAthlon 1133
> 2x512MB (1GB) SRAM
> Asus A7S-VM motherboard with
> Realtek 10/100Mbps card
> ATA100
> Sound+VGA+USB+other crap
> 1xPromise ATA133 controller
> 2xWDC 120GB drives (with ATA100 cabeling connected to Promise controller)
> 1xWDC 20GB drive (connected to motherboard - configured as the boot device)
> 1xIntel desktop gigE card (e1000 driver - modular)
>
> Server is configured with console on serial port
> Highmem is disabled
> The two 120GB drives is configured in RAID-0 with chunk size [256|512|1024]
> I have tried several different file systems - same error
>
> Versions tested:
>
> Linux-2.4.1([3-7]|8-pre.) tested. All buggy. Bug #1 was fixed in -rmap11c
>
> TEST SETUP
>
> Reading 100 500MB files with dd, tux, apache, cat, something, and
> redirecting
> the output to /dev/null. With tux/apache, I used another computer using
> wget
> to retrieve the same amount of data.
>
> The test scripts look something like this
>
> #!/bin/bash
> dd if=file0000 of=/dev/null &
> dd if=file0001 of=/dev/null &
> dd if=file0002 of=/dev/null &
> dd if=file0003 of=/dev/null &
> ...
> dd if=file0099 of=/dev/null &
>
> or similar - just with wget -O /dev/null ... &
>
> BUGS
>
> Bug #1:
>
> When (RAMx2) bytes has been read from disk, I/O as reported from vmstat
> drops
> to a mere 1MB/s
>
> When reading starts, the speed is initially high. Then, slowly, the speed
> decreases until it goes to something close to a complete halt (see output
> from
> vmstat below).
>
> # vmstat 2
> r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy
> id
> 0 200 1 1676 3200 3012 786004 0 292 42034 298 791 745 4
> 29 67
> 0 200 1 1676 3308 3136 785760 0 0 44304 0 748 758 3
> 15 82
> 0 200 1 1676 3296 3232 785676 0 0 44236 0 756 710 2
> 23 75
> 0 200 1 1676 3304 3356 785548 0 0 38662 70 778 791 3
> 19 78
> 0 200 1 1676 3200 3456 785552 0 0 33536 0 693 594 3
> 13 84
> 1 200 0 1676 3224 3528 785192 0 0 35330 24 794 712 3
> 16 81
> 0 200 0 1676 3304 3736 784324 0 0 30524 74 725 793 12
> 14 74
> 0 200 0 1676 3256 3796 783664 0 0 29984 0 718 826 4
> 10 86
> 0 200 0 1676 3288 3868 783592 0 0 25540 152 763 812 3
> 17 80
> 0 200 0 1676 3276 3908 783472 0 0 22820 0 693 731 0
> 7 92
> 0 200 0 1676 3200 3964 783540 0 0 23312 6 759 827 4
> 11 85
> 0 200 0 1676 3308 3984 783452 0 0 17506 0 687 697 0
> 11 89
> 0 200 0 1676 3388 4012 783888 0 0 14512 0 671 638 1
> 5 93
> 0 200 0 2188 3208 4048 784156 0 512 16104 548 707 833 2
> 10 88
> 0 200 0 3468 3204 4048 784788 0 66 8220 66 628 662 0
> 3 96
> 0 200 0 3468 3296 4060 784680 0 0 1036 6 687 714 1
> 6 93
> 0 200 0 3468 3316 4060 784668 0 0 1018 0 613 631 1
> 2 97
> 0 200 0 3468 3292 4060 784688 0 0 1034 0 617 638 0
> 3 97
> 0 200 0 3468 3200 4068 784772 0 0 1066 6 694 727 2
> 4 94
>
> Bug #2:
>
> Doing the same test on Rik's -rmap(.*) somehow fixes Bug #1, and makes room
> for another bug to come out.
>
> Doing the same test, I can, with -rmap, get some 33-35MB/s sustained from
> /dev/md0 to memory. This is all good, but when doing this test, only 40 of
> the
> original processes ever finish. The same error occurs both locally (dd) and
> remotely (tux). If new i/o requests is issued to the same device, they
> don't
> hang. If tux is restarted, it works fine afterwards.
>
> Please - anyone - help me with this. I've been trying to setup this system
> for
> almost two months now, fighting various bugs.
>
> Best regards
>
> roy
>
> --
> Roy Sigurd Karlsbakk, MCSE, MCNE, CLS, LCA
>
> Computers are like air conditioners.
> They stop working when you open Windows.
>
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