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SubjectRe: disk statistics issue in 2.6.27
On Wed, Oct 22 2008, Miquel van Smoorenburg wrote:
> On Mon, 2008-10-20 at 19:12 +0200, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 19 2008, Miquel van Smoorenburg wrote:
> > > I just upgraded one of our servers in the nntp cluster to 2.6.27.1 -
> > > most of the others are running 2.6.26.something.
> > >
> > > I noticed that the "iostat -k -x 2" output does't make any sense.
> > > The number of reads/sec and number of writes/sec are about what I
> > > would expect, and so are the other fields, but rkB/sec and wkB/sec
> > > are completely off-scale: gigabytes read/written per second.
> >
> > Weird, I cannot reproduce this at all, iostat works fine for me in .26,
> > .27 and current -git as well. So it's just a plain SCSI drive from
> > linux, no software raid or dm?
>
> It's a 3-disk hardware RAID5 array, Adaptec 2005S, dpt_i2o driver.
>
> > Are the reported values in iostat any sort of multiple of the real
> > throughtput, or is is just insanely large?
>
> It looks like it's a multiple, but it appears to vary between 128 and
> 512, and is different for reads and writes, so I do not know what to
> make of it.
>
> I tried to reproduce it on different systems - on another box with a
> 2010S controller I'm seeing the same thing. But on a different box with
> SATA drives I cannot reproduce the problem.
>
> Thanks for looking at this. I guess I'll have to start putting debug
> statements in block/gendisk.c to find out what's wrong. I might not have
> time for it until after next week though, but I won't give up :)

It's all really weird, especially if you see it on drivers both using
the SCSI layer. And it's a multiple of the transfer size, then it can't
be something like requeues skewing the count. But do look into it, I'll
do some testing on various drivers tomorrow as well.

--
Jens Axboe



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