> On Jan 6, 2015, at 1:37 PM, Jeff Layton <jeff.layton@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Tue, 6 Jan 2015 18:56:11 +0100
> Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxx> wrote:
>> On Tue, Jan 06, 2015 at 12:32:22PM -0500, J. Bruce Fields wrote:
>>> - do we have evidence that this is useful in its current form?
>> What is your threshold for usefulness? It passes xfstests fine, and
>> shows linear scalability with multiple clients that each have 10GB
>>> - any advice on testing? Is there was some simple virtual setup
>>> that would allow any loser with no special hardware (e.g., me)
>>> to check whether they've broken the block server?
>> Run two kvm VMs that share the same disk. Create an XFS filesystem
>> on the MDS, and export it. If the client has blkmapd running (on Debian
>> it needs to be started manually) it will use pNFS for accessing the
>> filesystem. Verify that using the per-operation counters in
>> /proc/self/mounstats. Repeat with additional clients as nessecary.
>> Alternatively set up a simple iSCSI target using tgt or lio and
>> connect to it from multiple clients.
>>> - any debugging advice? E.g., have you checked if current
>>> wireshark can handle the MDS traffic?
>> The wireshare version I've used decoded the generic pNFS operations
>> fine, but just dumps the layout specifics as hex data.
>> Enable the trace points added in this series, they track all stateid
>> interactions in the server. AdditÑonally the pnfs debug printks on
>> client and server dump a lot of information.
> The wireshark decoder really only handles files layouts right now. Dros
> has some patches to add flexfiles support too (once the spec is a bit
> more finalized) and at that point it shouldn't be too hard to fix it to
> handle block layout as well.
I should be publishing these patches soon. The only holdup is waiting
on the IANA layout type assignment.