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SubjectRe: Bad SSD performance with recent kernels
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On Mon, 2012-01-30 at 17:26 -0500, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 03:51:49PM +0100, Eric Dumazet wrote:
> > Le lundi 30 janvier 2012 à 22:28 +0800, Wu Fengguang a écrit :
> > > On Mon, Jan 30, 2012 at 06:31:34PM +0800, Li, Shaohua wrote:
> > >
> > > > Looks the 2.6.39 block plug introduces some latency here. deleting
> > > > blk_start_plug/blk_finish_plug in generic_file_aio_read seems
> > > > workaround
> > > > the issue. The plug seems not good for sequential IO, because readahead
> > > > code already has plug and has fine grained control.
> > >
> > > Why not remove the generic_file_aio_read() plug completely? It
> > > actually prevents unplugging immediately after the readahead IO is
> > > submitted and in turn stalls the IO pipeline as showed by Eric's
> > > blktrace data.
> > >
> > > Eric, will you test this patch? Thank you.
>
> Can you please run the blktrace again with this patch applied. I am curious
> to see how does traffic pattern look like now.
>
> In your previous trace, there were so many small 8 sector requests which
> were merged into 512 sector requests before dispatching to disk. (I am
> not sure why those requests are not bigger. Shouldn't readahead logic
> submit a bigger request?) Now with plug/unplug logic removed, I am assuming
> we should be doing less merging and dispatching more smaller requests. May be
> that is helping and cutting down on disk idling time.
>
> In previous logs, 512 sector request seems to be taking around 1ms to
> complete after dispatch. In between requests disk seems to be idle
> for around .5 to .6 ms. Out of this .3 ms seems to be gone in just
> coming up with new request after completion of previous one and another
> .3ms seems to be consumed in merging the smaller IOs. So if we don't wait
> for merging, it should keep disk busier for .3ms more which is 30% of time
> it takes to complete 512 sector request. So theoritically it can give
> 30% boost for this workload. (Assuming request size will not impact the
> disk throughput very severely).
>
> Anyway, some blktrace data will shed some light..
yep, I suspect plug merges big request too (iostat shows it too), that's
why I only think delete the plug in generic_file_aio_read as a
workaround. I still thought readahead has something to do here. I
observed the async readahead does readahead (A, A + 2M), and follows (A
+128k, A+2M), (A+256k, A+2M) ..., the later readahead doesn't work
because we already have (A, A+2M) in memory at that time. Anyway, I can
reproduce the issue, will play with it more today.

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