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    SubjectRe: CFQ read performance regression
    On Thu, Apr 22, 2010 at 09:59:14AM +0200, Corrado Zoccolo wrote:
    > Hi Miklos,
    > On Wed, Apr 21, 2010 at 6:05 PM, Miklos Szeredi <mszeredi@suse.cz> wrote:
    > > Jens, Corrado,
    > >
    > > Here's a graph showing the number of issued but not yet completed
    > > requests versus time for CFQ and NOOP schedulers running the tiobench
    > > benchmark with 8 threads:
    > >
    > > http://www.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/people/mszeredi/blktrace/queue-depth.jpg
    > >
    > > It shows pretty clearly the performance problem is because CFQ is not
    > > issuing enough request to fill the bandwidth.
    > >
    > > Is this the correct behavior of CFQ or is this a bug?
    > This is the expected behavior from CFQ, even if it is not optimal,
    > since we aren't able to identify multi-splindle disks yet.

    In the past we were of the opinion that for sequential workload multi spindle
    disks will not matter much as readahead logic (in OS and possibly in
    hardware also) will help. For random workload we anyway don't idle on the
    single cfqq so it is fine. But my tests now seem to be telling a different
    story.

    I also have one FC link to one of the HP EVA and I am running increasing
    number of sequential readers to see if throughput goes up as number of
    readers go up. The results are with noop and cfq. I do flush OS caches
    across the runs but I have no control on caching on HP EVA.

    Kernel=2.6.34-rc5
    DIR=/mnt/iostestmnt/fio DEV=/dev/mapper/mpathe
    Workload=bsr iosched=cfq Filesz=2G bs=4K
    =========================================================================
    job Set NR ReadBW(KB/s) MaxClat(us) WriteBW(KB/s) MaxClat(us)
    --- --- -- ------------ ----------- ------------- -----------
    bsr 1 1 135366 59024 0 0
    bsr 1 2 124256 126808 0 0
    bsr 1 4 132921 341436 0 0
    bsr 1 8 129807 392904 0 0
    bsr 1 16 129988 773991 0 0

    Kernel=2.6.34-rc5
    DIR=/mnt/iostestmnt/fio DEV=/dev/mapper/mpathe
    Workload=bsr iosched=noop Filesz=2G bs=4K
    =========================================================================
    job Set NR ReadBW(KB/s) MaxClat(us) WriteBW(KB/s) MaxClat(us)
    --- --- -- ------------ ----------- ------------- -----------
    bsr 1 1 126187 95272 0 0
    bsr 1 2 185154 72908 0 0
    bsr 1 4 224622 88037 0 0
    bsr 1 8 285416 115592 0 0
    bsr 1 16 348564 156846 0 0

    So in case of NOOP, throughput shotup to 348MB/s but CFQ reamains more or
    less constat, about 130MB/s.

    So atleast in this case, a single sequential CFQ queue is not keeing the
    disk busy enough.

    I am wondering why my testing results were different in the past. May be
    it was a different piece of hardware and behavior various across hardware?

    Anyway, if that's the case, then we probably need to allow IO from
    multiple sequential readers and keep a watch on throughput. If throughput
    drops then reduce the number of parallel sequential readers. Not sure how
    much of code that is but with multiple cfqq going in parallel, ioprio
    logic will more or less stop working in CFQ (on multi-spindle hardware).

    FWIW, I also ran tiobench on same HP EVA with NOOP and CFQ. And indeed
    Read throughput is bad with CFQ.

    With NOOP
    =========
    # /usr/bin/tiotest -t 8 -f 2000 -r 4000 -b 4096 -d /mnt/mpathe
    Tiotest results for 8 concurrent io threads:
    ,----------------------------------------------------------------------.
    | Item | Time | Rate | Usr CPU | Sys CPU |
    +-----------------------+----------+--------------+----------+---------+
    | Write 16000 MBs | 44.1 s | 362.410 MB/s | 25.3 % | 1239.4 % |
    | Random Write 125 MBs | 0.8 s | 156.182 MB/s | 19.7 % | 484.8 % |
    | Read 16000 MBs | 59.9 s | 267.008 MB/s | 12.4 % | 197.1 % |
    | Random Read 125 MBs | 16.7 s | 7.478 MB/s | 1.0 % | 23.7 % |
    `----------------------------------------------------------------------'
    Tiotest latency results:
    ,-------------------------------------------------------------------------.
    | Item | Average latency | Maximum latency | % >2 sec | % >10 sec |
    +--------------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+-----------+
    | Write | 0.083 ms | 834.092 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    | Random Write | 0.021 ms | 21.024 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    | Read | 0.115 ms | 105.830 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    | Random Read | 4.088 ms | 295.605 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    |--------------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+-----------|
    | Total | 0.114 ms | 834.092 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    `--------------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+-----------'

    With CFQ
    ========
    # /usr/bin/tiotest -t 8 -f 2000 -r 4000 -b 4096 -d /mnt/mpathe
    Tiotest results for 8 concurrent io threads:
    ,----------------------------------------------------------------------.
    | Item | Time | Rate | Usr CPU | Sys CPU |
    +-----------------------+----------+--------------+----------+---------+
    | Write 16000 MBs | 49.5 s | 323.086 MB/s | 21.7 % | 1175.6 % |
    | Random Write 125 MBs | 2.2 s | 57.148 MB/s | 5.0 % | 188.1 % |
    | Read 16000 MBs | 162.7 s | 98.311 MB/s | 4.7 % | 71.0 % |
    | Random Read 125 MBs | 17.0 s | 7.344 MB/s | 0.8 % | 26.5 % |
    `----------------------------------------------------------------------'
    Tiotest latency results:
    ,-------------------------------------------------------------------------.
    | Item | Average latency | Maximum latency | % >2 sec | % >10 sec |
    +--------------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+-----------+
    | Write | 0.093 ms | 832.680 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    | Random Write | 0.017 ms | 12.031 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    | Read | 0.316 ms | 561.623 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    | Random Read | 4.126 ms | 273.156 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    |--------------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+-----------|
    | Total | 0.219 ms | 832.680 ms | 0.00000 | 0.00000 |
    `--------------+-----------------+-----------------+----------+-----------'

    Thanks
    Vivek


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