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Re: [dm-devel] bcache/dmcache/enhanceio bake-off

On Sat, Apr 13 2013 at 12:09pm -0400,
Joe Thornber <thornber redhat com> wrote:

> Hi Darrick,
> On Thu, Apr 11, 2013 at 12:22:39AM -0700, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > Hi all,
> > 
> > Lately I've been having some fun playing with bcache, dmcache, and enhanceio.
> I pushed some tweaks to the mq policy today to my thin-dev tree.  They
> show some improvements to these fio based tests.
> In addition I've written a blog post trying to explain what's going on in dm-cache:
> http://device-mapper.org/blog/2013/04/13/benchmarking-dm-cache-with-fio/


Joe has a few other dm-cache-target.c changes in his thin-dev branch
that are required in order to realize the gains from his mq changes.  I
haven't yet isolated which changes are important but if I just use the
3.9-rc6's dm-cache-tagret.c with thin-dev's mq changes I cannot
reproduce the improved performance Joe mentions in his blog post.

Also, even before these changes I wasn't able to reproduce your dm-cache
results (either the spike in performance or the inconsistencies you
saw across runs).

BTW, I have added 'test_fio_database_funtime' to both the cache and
bcache testsuites in my thinp-test-suite repo (master branch):

You'd run it with somwthing like:
./run_tests --profile mix_fio --suite cache -n /test_fio_database_funtime/
./run_tests --profile mix_fio --suite bcache -n /test_fio_database_funtime/

I've been testing against the v3.9-rc6 kernel with Jens' for-next bcache
code merged in, see 'thin-dev-bcache' branch of my linux repo:

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