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SubjectRe: [ANNOUNCE 0/6] Open-iSCSI High-Performance Initiator for Linux
On Tue, Mar 08, 2005 at 10:25:58PM -0800, Dmitry Yusupov wrote:
> On Tue, 2005-03-08 at 22:05 -0800, Matt Mackall wrote:
> > On Tue, Mar 08, 2005 at 09:51:39PM -0800, Alex Aizman wrote:
> > > Matt Mackall wrote:
> > >
> > > >How big is the userspace client?
> > > >
> > > Hmm.. x86 executable? source?
> > >
> > > Anyway, there's about 12,000 lines of user space code, and growing. In
> > > the kernel we have approx. 3,300 lines.
> > >
> > > >>- 450MB/sec Read on a single connection (2-way 2.4Ghz Opteron, 64KB block
> > > >>size);
> > > >
> > > >With what network hardware and drives, please?
> > > >
> > > Neterion's 10GbE adapters. RAM disk on the target side.
> >
> > Ahh.
> >
> > Snipped my question about userspace deadlocks - that was the important
> > one. It is in fact why the sfnet one is written as it is - it
> > originally had a userspace component and turned out to be easy to
> > deadlock under load because of it.
>
> As Scott Ferris pointed out, the main reason for deadlock in sfnet was
> blocking behavior of page cache when daemon tried to do filesystem IO,
> namely syslog().

That was just one of several problems. And ISTR deciding that
particular one was quite nasty when we first encountered it though I
no longer remember the details.

> That was 2.4.x kernel. We don't know whether it is
> fixed in 2.6.x. If someone knows, please let us know. Meanwhile we came
> up with work-around design in user-space. "Paged out" problem fixed
> already in our subversion repository by utilizing mlockall()
> syscall.

I presume this is dynamically linked against glibc?

> Also we have IMHO, working solution for OOM during ERL=0 TCP re-connect.

Care to describe it?

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