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From: Paul Clements <paul.clements@steeleye.com>
To: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org>
Cc: Randy Dunlap <randy.dunlap@oracle.com>,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, nbd-general@lists.sourceforge.net,
	Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 1/1] NBD: make nbd default to deadline I/O scheduler
Date: Fri, 08 Feb 2008 13:41:20 -0500	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <47ACA250.1010404@steeleye.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20080208101151.935b575c.akpm@linux-foundation.org>

Andrew Morton wrote:
> On Fri, 8 Feb 2008 09:33:41 -0800 Randy Dunlap <randy.dunlap@oracle.com> wrote:
> 
>> On Fri, 08 Feb 2008 11:47:42 -0500 Paul Clements wrote:
>>
>>> There have been numerous reports of problems with nbd and cfq. Deadline 
>>> gives better performance for nbd, anyway, so let's use it by default.
> 
> Please define "problems".  If it's just "slowness" then we can live with
> that, but I'd hope that Jens is aware and that it's understood.
> 
> It it's "hangs" or "oopses" then we panic.

The two problems I have experienced (which may already be fixed):

1) nbd hangs with cfq on RHEL 5 (2.6.18) -- this may well have been fixed

There's a similar debian bug that has been filed as well:

http://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=447638

2) nbd performs about 10% better (the last time I tested) with deadline 
vs. cfq (the overhead of cfq doesn't provide much advantage to nbd [not 
being a real disk], and you end up going through the I/O scheduler on 
the nbd server anyway, so it makes sense that deadline is better with nbd)

There have been posts to nbd-general mailing list about problems with 
cfq and nbd also.

--
Paul


  reply	other threads:[~2008-02-08 18:41 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 17+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2008-02-08 16:47 Paul Clements
2008-02-08 17:33 ` Randy Dunlap
2008-02-08 18:11   ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-08 18:41     ` Paul Clements [this message]
2008-02-08 20:45       ` Jens Axboe
2008-02-08 20:47         ` Jens Axboe
2008-02-08 21:23           ` Paul Clements
2008-02-08 22:02             ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-09 13:30               ` Paul Clements
2008-02-12 23:16                 ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-18 18:16                   ` Jens Axboe
2008-02-18 23:50                     ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-19  9:19                       ` Jens Axboe
2008-02-19  9:24                         ` Jens Axboe
2008-02-19 10:02                           ` Andrew Morton
2008-02-19 10:05                             ` Jens Axboe
2008-02-08 22:45       ` [Nbd] " Mike Snitzer

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