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Re: [PATCH 0/2] xfs: CRCs for log buffers

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Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/2] xfs: CRCs for log buffers
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 8 Nov 2012 11:21:26 +1100
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On Thu, Nov 08, 2012 at 12:37:30AM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> These patches introduce the first little piece of the CRC picture.
> The first patch introduces the calculation and checking functions,
> as well as the superblock feature bit for CRCs. The superblock bit
> is not set anywhere, not is it really needed for 3.8. There's no
> real harm in introducing it now, and doing so means that the log
> code can demonstrate how it will differentiate between advisory
> warnings and fatal errors on CRC mistmatches during recovery.
> 
> The second patch converts the log checksum code to use the CRCs and
> enables it for *all* filesystems. This can be done because the log
> header already has a CRC field in it, and for production kernels it
> is guaranteed to be zeroed. Hence for production kernels, only
> issuing a CRC mistmatch warning when the log header CRC field is non
> zero means that people can upgrade to a kernel with this
> functionality and not see any CRC mismatch warnings.
> 
> Warnings look like:
> 
> XFS (vda): log record CRC mismatch: found 0xa05866c2, expected 0xd9290110.
> 
> ffffc90001088000: 00 00 00 14 00 00 00 00 69 01 00 00 6e 14 a5 3d  
> ........i...n..=
> ffffc90001088010: 00 00 00 10 69 00 00 00 4e 41 52 54 2a 00 00 00  
> ....i...NART*...
> 
> 
> The only issue with this is that filesystems that were not cleanly
> shut down on debug kernels will throw CRC mismatch warnings the
> first time the are recovered after mount. After the first mount on
> upgrade, the warnings won't happen again unless you downgrade to an
> older debug kernel. I don't see this as a major problem - debug
> kernels are not used in production, and anyone using a debug kernel
> should be following this mailing list. ;)
> 
> Anyway, the overhead is negliable - I don't see any measurable
> impact on metadata heavy operations (cpu verhead or performance),
> and the benefits of even advisory warnings on production kernels are
> of significant benefit. e.g. the recent log buffer wrap recovery
> problem would have triggered a CRC mismatch warning long before
> the bad client id error was detected....

FWIW, perf indicates that the CPU overhead of the CRC overhead when
unlinking files at around 60,000/s - a log write rate of about
15MB/s - is:

0.25%  [kernel]  [k] __crc32c_le

When creating files at around 90,000/s, the log write rate is
~40-50MB/s, and the CPU overhead is:

0.74%  [kernel]  [k] __crc32c_le

So roughly linear scaling of about 0.15% of 8p per 10MB/s. On a
single CPU, that would be 1% CPU overhead per 10MB/s of log
throughput.

This was measured inside a VM running on a 2.5 year old 2.26GHz
Xeon. The VM does not assert the sse4_2 cpu feature, so can not use
the special CPU instruction to calculate the CRC as efficiently as
the hardware allows....

Cheers,

Dave.
-- 
Dave Chinner
david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx

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