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SubjectRe: aio-stress regressions in 2.6.12 narrowed down to AIC7xxx

OK, I think I have narrowed it down to aic7xxx driver, because when
I specify CONFIG_SCSI_AIC7XXX_OLD, it does not regress.

The regression occurs from 2.6.11 to 2.6.12 (from 17MB/s it goes down to
11MB/s)

The regression is still there in 2.6.13-rc1 + the "speed fix" patch(discussed
in the recent aic7xxx regression thread on linux-scsi)

Recreate by running: aio-stress -O -o3 <1 GB testfile>

Config options:
CONFIG_SCSI_AIC7XXX=y
CONFIG_AIC7XXX_CMDS_PER_DEVICE=32
CONFIG_AIC7XXX_RESET_DELAY_MS=15000
CONFIG_AIC7XXX_DEBUG_ENABLE=y
CONFIG_AIC7XXX_DEBUG_MASK=0
CONFIG_AIC7XXX_REG_PRETTY_PRINT=y


Comparing dmesg outputs
On 2.6.11
scsi0 : Adaptec AIC7XXX EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI HBA DRIVER, Rev 6.2.36
<Adaptec aic7896/97 Ultra2 SCSI adapter>
aic7896/97: Ultra2 Wide Channel B, SCSI Id=7, 32/253 SCBs

(scsi0:A:0): 80.000MB/s transfers (40.000MHz, offset 63, 16bit)
Vendor: IBM-ESXS Model: ST318305LC !# Rev: B245
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 03
scsi0:A:0:0: Tagged Queuing enabled. Depth 32
(scsi0:A:1): 80.000MB/s transfers (40.000MHz, offset 63, 16bit)
Vendor: IBM-ESXS Model: ST318305LC !# Rev: B245
...

On 2.6.12
scsi0 : Adaptec AIC7XXX EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI HBA DRIVER, Rev 6.2.36
<Adaptec aic7896/97 Ultra2 SCSI adapter>
aic7896/97: Ultra2 Wide Channel B, SCSI Id=7, 32/253 SCBs

Vendor: IBM-ESXS Model: ST318305LC !# Rev: B245
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 03
scsi0:A:0:0: Tagged Queuing enabled. Depth 32
target0:0:0: Beginning Domain Validation
WIDTH IS 1
(scsi0:A:0): 6.600MB/s transfers (16bit)
(scsi0:A:0): 80.000MB/s transfers (40.000MHz, offset 63, 16bit)
target0:0:0: Ending Domain Validation
Vendor: IBM-ESXS Model: ST318305LC !# Rev: B245
...


On 2.6.13-rc1 + "speed fix"
scsi0 : Adaptec AIC7XXX EISA/VLB/PCI SCSI HBA DRIVER, Rev 6.2.36
<Adaptec aic7896/97 Ultra2 SCSI adapter>
aic7896/97: Ultra2 Wide Channel B, SCSI Id=7, 32/253 SCBs

target0:0:0: asynchronous.
Vendor: IBM-ESXS Model: ST318305LC !# Rev: B245
Type: Direct-Access ANSI SCSI revision: 03
scsi0:A:0:0: Tagged Queuing enabled. Depth 32
target0:0:0: Beginning Domain Validation
target0:0:0: wide asynchronous.
target0:0:0: FAST-40 WIDE SCSI 80.0 MB/s ST (25 ns, offset 63)
target0:0:0: Ending Domain Validation
target0:0:1: asynchronous.
Vendor: IBM-ESXS Model: ST318305LC !# Rev: B245
...

Regards
Suparna


On Wed, Jul 06, 2005 at 04:07:29PM +0530, Suparna Bhattacharya wrote:
> On Tue, Jul 05, 2005 at 10:00:24AM -0400, Chris Mason wrote:
> > On Friday 01 July 2005 03:56, Suparna Bhattacharya wrote:
> > > Has anyone else noticed major throughput regressions for random
> > > reads/writes with aio-stress in 2.6.12 ?
> > > Or have there been any other FS/IO regressions lately ?
> > >
> > > On one test system I see a degradation from around 17+ MB/s to 11MB/s
> > > for random O_DIRECT AIO (aio-stress -o3 testext3/rwfile5) from 2.6.11
> > > to 2.6.12. It doesn't seem filesystem specific. Not good :(
> > >
> > > BTW, Chris/Ben, it doesn't look like the changes to aio.c have had an
> > > impact (I copied those back to my 2.6.11 tree and tried the runs with no
> > > effect) So it is something else ...
> > >
> > > Ideas/thoughts/observations ?
> >
> > Lets try to narrow it down a bit:
> >
> > aio-stress -o 3 -d 1 will set the depth to 1, (io_submit then wait one request
> This doesn't regress - the problem really happens when we don't wait one
> at a time.
>
> > at a time). This doesn't take the aio subsystem out of the picture, but it
> > does make the block layer interaction more or less the same as non-aio
> > benchmarks. If this is slow, I would suspect something in the block layer,
> > and iozone -I -i 2 -w -f testext3/rwfile5 should also show the regression.
> >
> > If it doesn't regress, I would suspect something in the aio core. My first
> > attempts at the context switch reduction patches caused this kind of
> > regression. There was too much latency in sending the events up to userland.
> >
> > Other options:
> >
> > Try different elevators
>
> Still regresses (I tried noop instead of as)
>
> > Try O_SYNC aio random writes
> > Try aio random reads
> > Try buffers random reads
>
> Again all these end up waiting one at a time with mainline because it
> forces buffered AIO to be synchronous, so we the regression doesn't
> show up. But, when I apply my patches to make buffered fsAIO async,
> so we aren't waiting one at a time -- there is a similar regression.
> In fact it was this regression that made me go back and check if it
> was happening with AIO-DIO as well.
>
> Regards
> Suparna
>
> >
> > -chris
>
> --
> Suparna Bhattacharya (suparna@in.ibm.com)
> Linux Technology Center
> IBM Software Lab, India
>
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Linux Technology Center
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