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Re: [dm-devel] Shell Scripts or Arbitrary Priority Callouts?

On Tue, Mar 24, 2009 at 08:21:45AM -0400, John A. Sullivan III wrote:
> > 
> > Core-iscsi developer seems to be active developing at least the 
> > new iSCSI target (LIO target).. I think he has been testing it with
> > core-iscsi, so maybe there's newer version somewhere? 
> > 
> > > We did play with the multipath rr_min_io settings and smaller always
> > > seemed to be better until we got into very large numbers of session.  We
> > > were testing on a dual quad core AMD Shanghai 2378 system with 32 GB
> > > RAM, a quad port Intel e1000 card and two on-board nvidia forcedeth
> > > ports with disktest using 4K blocks to mimic the file system using
> > > sequential reads (and some sequential writes).
> > > 
> > 
> > Nice hardware. Btw are you using jumbo frames or flow control for iSCSI
> > traffic? 
> > 

Dunno if you noticed this.. :) 

> > > 
> > 
> > When you used dm RAID0 you didn't have any multipath configuration, right? 
> Correct although we also did test successfully with multipath in
> failover mode and RAID0.
> > 


> > What kind of stripe size and other settings you had for RAID0?
> Chunk size was 8KB with four disks.  
> > 

Did you try with much bigger sizes.. 128 kB ?

> > What kind of performance do you get using just a single iscsi session (and
> > thus just a single path), no multipathing, no DM RAID0 ? Just a filesystem
> > directly on top of the iscsi /dev/sd? device.
> Miserable - same roughly 12 MB/s.

OK, Here's your problem. Was this btw reads or writes? Did you tune

Can paste your iSCSI session settings negotiated with the target? 

> > 
> > Sounds like there's some other problem if invidual throughput is bad? Or did
> > you mean performance with a single disktest IO thread is bad, but using multiple
> > disktest threads it's good.. that would make more sense :) 
> Yes, the latter.  Single thread (I assume mimicking a single disk
> operation, e.g., copying a large file) is miserable - much slower than
> local disk despite the availability of huge bandwidth.  We start
> utilizing the bandwidth when multiplying concurrent disk activity into
> the hundreds.
> I am guessing the single thread performance problem is an open-iscsi
> issue but I was hoping multipath would help us work around it by
> utilizing multiple sessions per disk operation.  I suppose that is where
> we run into the command ordering problem unless there is something else
> afoot.  Thanks - John

You should be able to get many times the throughput you get now.. just with
a single path/session.

What kind of latency do you have from the initiator to the target/storage? 

Try with for example 4 kB ping:
ping -s 4096 <ip_of_the_iscsi_target>

1000ms divided by the roundtrip you get from ping should give you maximum
possible IOPS using a single path.. 

4 kB * IOPS == max bandwidth you can achieve.

-- Pasi

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