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Re: gather write metrics on multiple files

To: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: gather write metrics on multiple files
From: Stan Hoeppner <stan@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Sat, 18 Oct 2014 01:03:26 -0500
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On 10/09/2014 04:13 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
...
>> I'm told we have 800 threads writing to nearly as many files
>> concurrently on a single XFS on a 12+2 spindle RAID6 LUN.
>> Achieved data rate is currently ~300 MiB/s.  Some of these are
>> files are supposedly being written at a rate of only 32KiB every
>> 2-3 seconds, while some (two) are ~50 MiB/s.  I need to determine
>> how many bytes we're writing to each of the low rate files, and
>> how many files, to figure out RMW mitigation strategies.  Out of
>> the apparent 800 streams 700 are these low data rate suckers, one
>> stream writing per file.  
>>
>> Nary a stock RAID controller is going to be able to assemble full
>> stripes out of these small slow writes.  With a 768 KiB stripe
>> that's what, 24 seconds to fill it at 2 seconds per 32 KiB IO?
> 
> Raid controllers don't typically have the resources to track
> hundreds of separate write streams at a time. Most don't have the
> memory available to track that many active write streams, and those
> that do probably can't proritise writeback sanely given how slowly
> most cachelines would be touched. The fast writers would simply tune
> over the slower writer caches way too quickly.
> 
> Perhaps you need to change the application to make the slow writers
> buffer stripe sized writes in memory and flush them 768k at a
> time...

All buffers are now 768K multiples--6144, 768, 768, and I'm told the app should 
be writing out full buffers.  However I'm not seeing the throughput increase I 
should given the amount that the RMWs should have decreased, which, if my math 
is correct, should be about half (80) the raw actuator seek rate of these 
drives (7.2k SAS).  Something isn't right.  I'm guessing it's the controller 
firmware, maybe the test app, or both.  The test app backs off then ramps up 
when response times at the controller go up and back down.  And it's not super 
accurate or timely about it.  The lowest interval setting possible is 10 
seconds.  Which is way too high when a controller goes into congestion.

Does XFS give alignment hints with O_DIRECT writes into preallocated files?  
The filesystems were aligned at make time w/768K stripe width, so each prealloc 
file should be aligned on a stripe boundary.  I've played with the various 
queue settings, even tried deadline instead of noop hoping more LBAs could be 
sorted before hitting the controller.  Can't seem to get a repeatable increase. 
 I've nr_requests at 524288, rq_affinity 2, read_ahead_kb 0 since reads are 
<20% of the IO, add_random 0, etc.  Nothing seems to help really.

Thanks,
Stan

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