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SubjectRe: I/O issues, iowait problems, 2.4 v 2.6
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On Mon, 2003-11-10 at 22:54, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Eventually, the bottleneck disappears,
> > and the performance increases, but never substantially.
>
> It's not clear here what direction the data is being transferred in. Is it
> mostly client->server, or mostly server->client?

Seems to be bidirectional.

> What filesystem is the server using?

ext3

> In which direction was the file transferred? client to server or server to
> client? What kernel was running on each?

The client is running AS2.1, RH's 2.4.9-e12. Server is RH AS 3.0, 2.4.22
stock, and 2.6.0-test9, 2.6.0-test9-bk11. Transfers in both directions.
>
> As next steps I'd suggest that you log into the server and do
>
> time (dd if=/dev/zero of=x bs=1M count=2048 ; sync)
>
> and
>
> time (dd if=x of=/dev/null bs=1M count=2048 ; sync)
>
> (this assumes that the machine has less that 2G of memory, to avoid caching
> effects).

The raw file read/write is the ticket. The box tightens right up at 100% iowait.

I'd done bonnie++ i/o tests already, and except for an apparent NPTL issue on the per char,
the block i/o numbers were fine; no abnormal results whatsoever. In fact, block r/w
numbers were improved compared to 2.4.22. Now that I'm looking for it, however, I
do note extremely elevated iowait numbers during a bonnie++ run. Something in the MPT
modules?

-Paul

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