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Re: [dm-devel] Re: Is there a grand plan for FC failover?



Rumor has it that on Sat, Jan 31, 2004 at 06:42:01PM +0100 Jens Axboe said:
> On Sat, Jan 31 2004, Philip R. Auld wrote:
> > Rumor has it that on Sat, Jan 31, 2004 at 10:30:37AM +0100 Jens Axboe said:
> > > On Fri, Jan 30 2004, Joe Thornber wrote:
> > > > It would be great to get some benchmarks to back up these arguments.
> > > > eg, performance of dm mpath with a simple round robin selector,
> > > > compared to a scsi layer implementation.  Lifting the elevator (or
> > > > lowering dm) is a big piece of work that I wont even consider unless
> > > > there is very good reason; the reason probably needs to be broader
> > > > than just multipath too.  Even if we did decide to do this, it won't
> > > > happen in 2.6.
> > > 
> > > I suspect the problem really isn't that huge in 2.6, since most
> > > performance file systems are using mpage or building their own big
> > > bio's. So in a sense, some of the merging already does happen above dm
> > > (and the io scheduler).
> > 
> > Out of curiosity, where does raw io fit into that in 2.6?
> 
> raw io (or O_DIRECT io, same path) should work even better, always send
> out bio's as big as the underlying device can support.
> 

That size is based on the blocksize? Is there a way to set the block size higher than
512 w/o mounting it? I've gotten really bad rawio performance on 2.4. since I have a 
limit of 32 sg entries. When Rawio uses a 512 byte blocksize IOs are limited to 16K. 

Will this still be a problem in 2.6?

Thanks again,

Phil

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