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[dm-devel] dd to a striped device with 9 disks gets much lower throughput when oflag=direct used



Hi,

Perhaps I am doing something stupid, but I would like to understand
why there is a difference in the following situation.

I have defined a stripe device thusly:

     "echo 0 17560535040 striped 9 8 /dev/sdd 0 /dev/sde 0 /dev/sdf 0
/dev/sdg 0 /dev/sdh 0 /dev/sdi 0 /dev/sdj 0 /dev/sdk 0 /dev/sdl 0 |
dmsetup create stripe_dev"

Then is did the following:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/mapper/stripe_dev bs=262144 count=1000000

and I got 880 MB/s

However, when I changed that command to:

    dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/mapper/stripe_dev bs=262144 count=1000000
oflag=direct

I get 210 MB/s reliably.

The system in question is a 16 core (probably two CPUs) Intel Xeon
E5620 @2.40Ghz with 64GB of memory and 12 7200PRM SATA drives
connected to an LSI SAS controller but set up as a JBOD of 12 drives.

Why do I see such a big performance difference? Does writing to the
device also use the page cache if I don't specify DIRECT IO?

-- 
Regards,
Richard Sharpe


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