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Re: [Linux-cluster] clvmd without GFS?

On Tue, Oct 26, 2004 at 04:52:12PM -0500, Matt Mitchell wrote:
> Just seeking some opinions here...
> I have observed some really poor performance in GFS when dealing with 
> large numbers of small files.  It seems to be designed to scale well 
> with respect to throughput, at the apparent expense of metadata and 
> directory operations, which are really slow.  For example, in a 
> directory with 100,000 4k files (roughly) a simple 'ls -l' with lock_dlm 
> took over three hours to complete on our test setup with no contention 
> (and only one machine had the disk mounted at all).  (Using Debian 
> packages dated 16 September 2004.)

Lots of small files can certainly expose some of the performance
limitations of gfs.  "Hours" sounds very odd, though, so I ran a couple
sanity tests on my own test hardware.

One node mounted with lock_dlm, the directory has 100,000 4k files,
running "time ls -l | wc -l".

- dual P3 700 MHz, 256 MB, some old FC disks in a JBOD
  5 min 30 sec

- P4 2.4 GHz, 512 MB, iscsi to a netapp
  2 min 30 sec

Having more nodes mounted didn't change this.  (Four nodes of the first
kind all running this at the same time averaged about 17 minutes each.)

Dave Teigland  <teigland redhat com>

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