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SubjectPossible mpt2sas 4k sector bug
Hi,

I have assembled a system with a LSI 9116i controller (aka 9201-16i),
and have hit a weird problem with basic disk-access.

Doing writes with anything lower than 4k block size, generates lots of
reads on the drives.

These are the system details, basically it's an Ubuntu 11.10 64-bit with
latest updates.

System is on SSD drive on onboard SATA controller (sda).
8 x 1TB drives with 512bytes sector size on LSI controller (sdb to sdi)
1 x 750GB drive with 512bytes sector size also on LSI controller (sdj -
just to verify that it's not the model of drives that are the problem)

Problem is, doing everything but 4k+ writes on the drives, generates
massive reads from the drives, before doing the actual writes.

# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1000000
1000000+0 records in
1000000+0 records out
512000000 bytes (512 MB) copied, 21.5398 s, 23.8 MB/s

dstat output while doing this:

# dstat -Dsdb
You did not select any stats, using -cdngy by default.
----total-cpu-usage---- --dsk/sdb-- -net/total- ---paging-- ---system--
usr sys idl wai hiq siq| read writ| recv send| in out | int csw
0 0 100 0 0 0|1592B 1590B| 0 0 | 0 0 | 59 97
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 330B 836B| 0 0 | 121 149
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 540B 2750B| 0 0 | 70 118
0 1 88 10 0 0| 31M 0 | 497B 114B| 0 0 |8057 24k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 |1212B 19k| 0 0 |8268 24k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 151B 322B| 0 0 |8235 24k
0 2 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 151B 322B| 0 0 |8219 25k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 186B 322B| 0 0 |8219 24k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 271B 322B| 0 0 |8225 24k
0 2 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 126B 322B| 0 0 |8202 24k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 271B 322B| 0 0 |8179 24k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 211B 322B| 0 0 |8229 25k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 66B 322B| 0 0 |8208 24k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 151B 322B| 0 0 |8201 24k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 32M 0 | 66B 322B| 0 0 |8217 24k
0 1 86 13 0 0| 11M 57M| 653B 322B| 0 0 |3119 8828
0 1 88 12 0 0|2576k 76M| 149B 338B| 0 0 | 874 2061
0 1 88 12 0 0| 14M 39M| 66B 338B| 0 0 |3853 11k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 15M 47M| 149B 338B| 0 0 |3912 11k
0 1 88 12 0 0|5832k 64M| 66B 338B| 0 0 |1664 4507
0 0 88 12 0 0|2792k 72M| 390B 494B| 0 0 | 946 2253
0 1 88 11 0 0| 21M 22M| 150B 322B| 0 0 |5463 16k
0 1 88 11 0 0| 13M 47M| 360B 2570B| 0 0 |3521 10k
0 2 87 11 0 0| 24M 26M| 906B 15k| 0 0 |6487 19k
0 1 92 7 0 0| 336k 41M| 66B 338B| 0 0 | 805 929
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 616B 2618B| 0 0 | 62 96
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 |1085B 14k| 0 0 | 87 144
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 66B 306B| 0 0 | 44 71
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 329B 486B| 0 0 | 89 134
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 66B 306B| 0 0 | 67 111
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 149B 306B| 0 0 | 61 106

I.e. lots of reads before the writes??

Doing dd with bs=4k fixes this, giving expected behaviour:

# dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=4k count=125000
125000+0 records in
125000+0 records out
512000000 bytes (512 MB) copied, 6.16785 s, 83.0 MB/s

And dstat output while doing this:

# dstat -Dsdb
You did not select any stats, using -cdngy by default.
----total-cpu-usage---- --dsk/sdb-- -net/total- ---paging-- ---system--
usr sys idl wai hiq siq| read writ| recv send| in out | int csw
0 0 100 0 0 0|3180B 3177B| 0 0 | 0 0 | 59 98
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 508B 3098B| 0 0 | 158 173
0 3 94 2 0 0| 0 15M| 262B 114B| 0 0 | 320 242
0 0 86 14 0 0| 0 82M| 0 0 | 0 0 | 239 146
0 0 88 12 0 0| 0 83M| 772B 10k| 0 0 | 261 141
0 0 87 12 0 0| 0 83M| 239B 322B| 0 0 | 258 150
0 0 88 12 0 0| 0 83M| 210B 322B| 0 0 | 252 123
0 0 88 12 0 0| 0 81M| 210B 322B| 0 0 | 229 164
0 1 88 11 0 0| 336k 62M| 186B 322B| 0 0 | 521 843
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 210B 338B| 0 0 | 252 206
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 540B 2780B| 0 0 | 79 128
0 0 100 0 0 0| 0 0 | 643B 10k| 0 0 | 71 117

Details of system:

# lspci | grep LSI
05:00.0 Serial Attached SCSI controller: LSI Logic / Symbios Logic
SAS2116 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-2 [Meteor] (rev 02)

# uname -a
Linux storage-ng 3.2.2-030202-generic #201201252035 SMP Thu Jan 26
01:36:10 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux

(also tested with 3.0.0-15server)

# fdisk /dev/sdb
Disk /dev/sdb: 1000.2 GB, 1000204886016 bytes
255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 121601 cylinders, total 1953525168 sectors
Units = sectors of 1 * 512 = 512 bytes
Sector size (logical/physical): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
I/O size (minimum/optimal): 512 bytes / 512 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x39411ba9

Controller firmware upgraded from 7 (version on board when I got it), to
12, verified with dmesg:
# dmesg | grep mpt2sas
[ 3.122653] mpt2sas version 10.100.00.00 loaded
[ 3.123197] mpt2sas 0000:05:00.0: PCI INT A -> GSI 16 (level, low) ->
IRQ 16
[ 3.123218] mpt2sas 0000:05:00.0: setting latency timer to 64
[ 3.123225] mpt2sas0: 64 BIT PCI BUS DMA ADDRESSING SUPPORTED, total
mem (8176204 kB)
[ 3.123303] mpt2sas 0000:05:00.0: irq 46 for MSI/MSI-X
[ 3.123320] mpt2sas0-msix0: PCI-MSI-X enabled: IRQ 46
[ 3.123329] mpt2sas0: iomem(0x00000000f8ffc000),
mapped(0xffffc900117b8000), size(16384)
[ 3.123338] mpt2sas0: ioport(0x000000000000e000), size(256)
[ 3.409371] mpt2sas0: sending message unit reset !!
[ 3.417363] mpt2sas0: message unit reset: SUCCESS
[ 3.585191] mpt2sas0: Allocated physical memory: size(15199 kB)
[ 3.585203] mpt2sas0: Current Controller Queue Depth(7385), Max
Controller Queue Depth(7632)
[ 3.585209] mpt2sas0: Scatter Gather Elements per IO(128)
[ 3.817976] mpt2sas0: LSISAS2116: FWVersion(12.00.00.00),
ChipRevision(0x02), BiosVersion(07.23.01.00)
[ 3.817991] mpt2sas0: Protocol=(Initiator,Target),
Capabilities=(TLR,EEDP,Snapshot Buffer,Diag Trace Buffer,Task Set Full,NCQ)
[ 3.818250] mpt2sas0: sending port enable !!
[ 3.823717] mpt2sas0: host_add: handle(0x0001),
sas_addr(0x500062b2000c3600), phys(16)
[ 3.833476] mpt2sas0: port enable: SUCCESS

So now I'm stuck ... any ideas?

Please cc to my mail, as I am not subscribed here.


Thanks,

Lars Karlslund



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