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Re: Question regarding performance on big files.

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Subject: Re: Question regarding performance on big files.
From: Stan Hoeppner <stan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 23 Sep 2010 17:03:39 -0500
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Mathieu AVILA put forth on 9/23/2010 3:55 AM:

> The small writes are amortized in the stream of data writes from the
> application, and the application is not frozen.
> (so you were right: there was a page cache issue)

Given what you've described about the streaming write behavior of your
application, I'd suggest you rewrite it and use O_DIRECT writes to
bypass the page cache completely.  You may also want to look into using
the XFS realtime subvolume feature.


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