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SubjectRe: Bad SSD performance with recent kernels
On Sun, Jan 29, 2012 at 11:03:00AM +0100, Eric Dumazet wrote:

> Very strange, my bissection ended on following commit :
>
> commit 805f6b5e1cbfedfb9b3d354013e7f4b13a79270f
> Author: Tao Ma <boyu.mt@taobao.com>
> Date: Fri Mar 11 20:11:59 2011 +0100
>
> blktrace: Use rq->cmd_flags directly in blk_add_trace_rq.
>
> This makes no sense.

Yeah, commit 55602dd66f535 ("fs: make generic file read/write
functions plug") looks like the real root cause and should probably
be reverted as a whole. Buffered read/write syscalls are not directly
tied to IO after all (readahead/writeback have the right plug points).

Thanks,
Fengguang

> hdparm uses 2MB block reads, so read_ahead (128KB) is too small for best
> perf
>
> # cat /sys/class/block/sda/queue/read_ahead_kb
> 128
>
> # dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/null bs=128k
> ^C
> 63744+0 enregistrements lus
> 63743+0 enregistrements écrits
> 8354922496 octets (8,4 GB) copiés, 39,975 s, 209 MB/s
>
> # hdparm -t /dev/sda
>
> /dev/sda:
> Timing buffered disk reads: 510 MB in 3.00 seconds = 169.75 MB/sec
>
> # uname -a
> Linux edumazet-laptop 3.0.0-15-generic #26-Ubuntu SMP Fri Jan 20
> 17:23:00 UTC 2012 x86_64 x86_64 x86_64 GNU/Linux
>
>
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