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SubjectRe: Poor read performance when sequential write presents
"chen, xiangping" wrote:
> Hi,
> I did a IO test with one sequential read and one sequential write
> to different files. I expected somewhat similar throughput on read
> and write. But it seemed that the read is blocked until the write
> finishes. After the write process finished, the read process slowly
> picks up the speed. Is Linux buffer cache in favor of write? How
> to tune it?

Reads and writes are very different beasts - writes deal with
the past and have good knowledge of what to do. But reads
must predict the future.

You need to do two things:

1: Configure the device for a really big readahead window.

Configuring readahead in 2.4 is a pig. Try one of the

echo file_readahead:N > /proc/ide/hda/settings (N is kilobytes)
blockdev --setra M /dev/hda (M is in 512 byte sectors)
echo K > /prov/sys/vm/max-readahead (K is in pages - 4k on x86)

You'll find that one of these makes a difference.

2: Apply
which will prevent reads from being penalised by writes.
Or use a -ac kernel, which already has this patch.

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