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SubjectRe: dramatic I/O slowdown after upgrading 2.6.38->3.0+
On Wed 11-04-12 12:19:43, Mike Christie wrote:
> On 04/11/2012 04:40 AM, Michael Tokarev wrote:
> > On 10.04.2012 19:13, Jan Kara wrote:
> >> > On Tue 10-04-12 10:00:38, Michael Tokarev wrote:
> > []
> >>> >> 2.6.38:
> >>> >> # dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/null bs=1M iflag=direct count=100
> >>> >> 100+0 records in
> >>> >> 100+0 records out
> >>> >> 104857600 bytes (105 MB) copied, 1.73126 s, 60.6 MB/s
> >>> >>
> >>> >> 3.0:
> >>> >> # dd if=/dev/sdb of=/dev/null bs=1M iflag=direct count=100
> >>> >> 100+0 records in
> >>> >> 100+0 records out
> >>> >> 104857600 bytes (105 MB) copied, 29.4508 s, 3.6 MB/s
> >>> >>
> >>> >> That's about 20 times difference on direct read from the
> >>> >> same - idle - device!!
> >> > Huh, that's a huge difference for such a trivial load. So we can rule out
> >> > filesystems, writeback, mm. I also wouldn't think it's IO scheduler but
> >> > you can always check by comparing dd numbers after
> >> > echo none >/sys/block/sdb/queue/scheduler
>
> Did you try newer 3.X kernels or just 3.0?
>
> We were hitting a similar problem with iscsi. Same workload and it
> started with 2.6.38. I think it turned out to be this issue:
>
> // thread with issue like what we hit:
> http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1244680
>
> // Patch that I think fixed issue:
> commit 3deaa7190a8da38453c4fabd9dec7f66d17fff67
> Author: Shaohua Li <shaohua.li@intel.com>
> Date: Fri Feb 3 15:37:17 2012 -0800
>
> readahead: fix pipeline break caused by block plug
I already asked about this but that doesn't seem to be the cause.

Honza
--
Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
SUSE Labs, CR


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