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SubjectRe: fio sync read 4k block size 35% regression
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On Wed, 2009-07-01 at 12:10 +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 01, 2009 at 11:25:33AM +0800, Zhang, Yanmin wrote:
> > Comapraing with 2.6.30, fio sync read (block size 4k) has about 35% regression
> > with kernel 2.6.31-rc1 on my stoakley machine with a JBOD (13 SCSI disks).
> >
> > Every disk has 1 partition and 4 1-GB files. Start 10 processes per disk to
> > do sync read sequentinally.
> >
> > Bisected down to below patch.
> >
> > 51daa88ebd8e0d437289f589af29d4b39379ea76 is first bad commit
> > commit 51daa88ebd8e0d437289f589af29d4b39379ea76
> > Author: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
> > Date: Tue Jun 16 15:31:24 2009 -0700
> >
> > readahead: remove sync/async readahead call dependency
> >
> > The readahead call scheme is error-prone in that it expects the call sites
> > to check for async readahead after doing a sync one. I.e.
> >
> > if (!page)
> > page_cache_sync_readahead();
> > page = find_get_page();
> > if (page && PageReadahead(page))
> > page_cache_async_readahead();
> >
> >
> > I also test block size 64k and 128k, but they don't have regression. Perhaps
> > the default read_ahead_kb is equal to 128?
> >
> > Other 2 machines have no such regression. The JBODS of the 2 machines consists
> > of 12 and 7 SATA/SAS disks while every disk has 2 partitions.
>
> Yanmin, thanks for the tests!
>
> Maybe the patch posted here can restore the performance:
>
> http://lkml.org/lkml/2009/5/21/319
I tried it and it doesn't help.

Yanmin


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