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SubjectRe: [patch v2 0/6] Add TRIM support for raid linear/0/1/10
2012/3/20 Holger Kiehl <>:
> Hello,
> On Tue, 20 Mar 2012, Shaohua Li wrote:
>> 2012/3/20 Holger Kiehl <>:
>>> Hello,
>>> On Fri, 16 Mar 2012, Shaohua Li wrote:
>>>> The patches add TRIM support for raid linear/0/1/10. I'll add TRIM
>>>> support
>>>> for
>>>> raid 4/5/6 later. The implementation is pretty straightforward and
>>>> self-explained.
>>>> v1->v2:
>>>> 1. fixed a checking issue
>>>> 2. dropped discard request plug and replace it with no discard merege,
>>>> because
>>>> current SCSI layer can't handle discard request merge.
>>> Have tested TRIM patches on three different systems with the following
>>> hardware/ setup:
>>>   1) root mounted on a raid1 over two SAS SSD's (200GB) and /home
>>> partition
>>>      on a raid0 over a fusionio ioDrive Duo. Is very new and seen very
>>>      little usage.
>>>   2) root and /home mounted on a raid0 over two Intel X25 Postville
>>>      (160GB) connected to a Intel P55 Express chipset. Has seen very
>>>      heavy usage for approx. 2 years.
>>>   3) root and /home mounted on a raid0 over three OCZ-VERTEX2 (120GB)
>>>      connected via ICH7 south bridge. Has seen mild usage for approx.
>>>      1.5 years.
>>> Made the following observations when running my own benchmark which
>>> copies around a lot of small files and deletes them. The benchmark on
>>> all systems was always run only on the /home partition ie. on a raid0.
>>> For system 1) there is hardly any measurable differnce whether discard
>>> is enabled or not (~29000 files per second).
>>> On system 2) the performance drops from 6500->3700 files per second,
>>> but under normal usage one does not notice any difference.
>> do you have the blktrace data when the benchmark is running, especially
>> when doing file deletion. I'd like to check the latency of discard in this
>> case.
> It is uploaded on
Thanks, I'll check it.

>>> System 3) has problems during boot, it is so slow that some operations
>>> receive a timeout during boot:
>>>  udevd[474]: timeout '/sbin/blkid -o udev -p /dev/md0'
>>>  udevd[474]: timeout: killing '/sbin/blkid -o udev -p /dev/md0' [866]
>>>  systemd[1]: dev-md3.swap activation timed out. Stopping.
>> In this one, discard request is slow. And per SATA standard, discard
>> request
>> can't be parallel, so only one request one time, which further slows it
>> down.
> Ok, so having three disc in a raid 0 is even worth.
>>> Even removing discard does not help and the above errors happen during
>>> boot and booting takes a long time.
>> this doesn't make sense. If you don't mount with discard option, no
>> discard request
>> is issued.
> I read some where that swap uses discard by default and if I remember
> correctly it initializes the whole swap area at boot. So doing that
> over three disks might explain why I get those timeout error messages
> and after boot these commands work without delay.
This looks a bug to me. if swapon doesn't add discard option, we shouldn't
do discard. Let me post a patch, and see how people think.

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