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SubjectRe: io-scheduler tuning for better read/write ratio
Jeff Moyer schrieb:
> Ralf Gross <rg@STZ-Softwaretechnik.com> writes:
>
> > Jeff Moyer schrieb:
> >> Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@redhat.com> writes:
> >>
> >> > Ralf Gross <rg@stz-softwaretechnik.com> writes:
> >> >
> >> >> Casey Dahlin schrieb:
> >> >>> On 06/16/2009 02:40 PM, Ralf Gross wrote:
> >> >>> > David Newall schrieb:
> >> >>> >> Ralf Gross wrote:
> >> >>> >>> write throughput is much higher than the read throughput (40 MB/s
> >> >>> >>> read, 90 MB/s write).
> >> >>> >
> >> >>> > Hm, but I get higher read throughput (160-200 MB/s) if I don't write
> >> >>> > to the device at the same time.
> >> >>> >
> >> >>> > Ralf
> >> >>>
> >> >>> How specifically are you testing? It could depend a lot on the
> >> >>> particular access patterns you're using to test.
> >> >>
> >> >> I did the basic tests with tiobench. The real test is a test backup
> >> >> (bacula) with 2 jobs that create 2 30 GB spool files on that device.
> >> >> The jobs partially write to the device in parallel. Depending which
> >> >> spool file reaches the 30 GB first, one starts reading from that file
> >> >> and writing to tape, while to other is still spooling.
> >> >
> >> > We are missing a lot of details, here. I guess the first thing I'd try
> >> > would be bumping up the max_readahead_kb parameter, since I'm guessing
> >> > that your backup application isn't driving very deep queue depths. If
> >> > that doesn't work, then please provide exact invocations of tiobench
> >> > that reprduce the problem or some blktrace output for your real test.
> >>
> >> Any news, Ralf?
> >
> > sorry for the delay. atm there are large backups running and using the
> > raid device for spooling. So I can't do any tests.
> >
> > Re. read ahead: I tested different settings from 8Kb to 65Kb, this
> > didn't help.
> >
> > I'll do some more tests when the backups are done (3-4 more days).
>
> The default is 128KB, I believe, so it's strange that you would test
> smaller values. ;) I would try something along the lines of 1 or 2 MB.

Err, yes this should have been MB not KB.


$cat /sys/block/sdc/queue/read_ahead_kb
16384
$cat /sys/block/sdd/queue/read_ahead_kb
16384

I also tried different values for max_sectors_kb, nr_requests. But the
trend that writes were much faster than reads while there was read and
write load on the device didn't change.

Changing the deadline parameter writes_starved, write_expire,
read_expire, front_merges or fifo_batch didn't change this behavoir.

Ralf


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