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[Linux-cluster] newbie question about RHCS/GFS stability and performance

Hi Folks,


I just joined this list and am new to Linux clustering.  I’ve setup several RHEL4u5 (AS) clusters in our lab to do some performance testing with our own applications, but their underpinning is just Red Hat Cluster Services and GFS on top of some iSCSI arrays (StoreVault and EqualLogic).


When I run IOZONE throughput tests comparing a single, local SAS disk (146GB, 2.5”, 10K-RPM) on the onboard Dell PERC 5/i controller versus an NFS-mounted volume versus a GFS volume on an iSCSI LUN…the results are not particularly surprising, and they actually show the GFS volumes to be the best performer in random read and random write, and a strong player overall.


Our application performance, however, really suffers with GFS.  I have seen numerous pointers to GFS performance tuning through the “gfs_tool setttune” parameters, but no clear guidance on what the parameters are and how one might know what direction to move them in based on run data.


Another thing we’ve noticed after running stress tests with our application is that cluster nodes, and the clustering management components themselves (like ricci, clustat) and filesystem tools (like df and du) start hanging, we get system instability.  Rebooting things clears it up.


Has anyone else experienced this, and do you have any guidance or advice?  We’re running the native iSCSI components over a shared GbE connection, which I know is not optimal for performance, but I can see that the network ports are not even close to heavily used.  Could the software iSCSI initiator be contributing to this?


Who is using native iSCSI on a simple GbE port as we are and who has experience using iSCSI HBAs and/or TOEs and/or Fibre Channel for interconnect rather than iSCSI?


Thanks for any help or insight you can offer.



- K



Kamal Jain

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