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Re: [Linux-cluster] GFS2 poor performance



Setting demote_secs to 30 and glock_purge to 70 in a gfs filesystem increased frightfully performance of commands like ls, df, in a directory that has many files.
But the gfs2 filesystem doesn't have the attribute glock_purge to tune.
Exists any attribute in gfs2 in place of glock_purge which exists only in gfs1

thanks

Fabiano


----- Original Message ----- From: "Jeff Sturm" <jeff sturm eprize com>
To: "linux clustering" <linux-cluster redhat com>
Sent: Thursday, November 06, 2008 5:53 PM
Subject: RE: [Linux-cluster] GFS2 poor performance


I looked over the summit document you referenced below. The value of demote_secs mentioned is an example setting, and unfortunately no recommendations or rationale accompany this.

For some access patterns you can get better performance by actually increasing demote_secs. For example, we have a node that we routinely rsync a file tree onto using a GFS partition. Increasing demote_secs from 300 to 86400 reduced the average rsync time by a factor of about 4. The reason is that this node has little lock contention and needs to lock each file every time we start an rsync process. With demote_secs=300, it was doing much more work to reacquire locks on each run. Whereas demote_secs=86400 allowed the locks to persist up to a day, since the overall number of files in our application is bounded such that they will fit in buffer cache, together with locks.

At another extreme, we have an application that creates a lot of files but seldom opens them on the same node. In this case there is no value in holding onto the locks, so we set demote_secs to a small value and glock_purge as high as 70 to ensure locks are quickly released in memory.

The best advice I can give in general is to experiment with different settings for demote_secs and glock_purge while watching the output of "gfs_tool counters" to see how they behave.

Jeff

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-cluster-bounces redhat com [mailto:linux-cluster-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of Fabiano F. Vitale
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 3:19 PM
To: linux clustering
Subject: Re: [Linux-cluster] GFS2 poor performance

Hi,

for cluster purpose the two nodes are linked by a patch cord cat6 and the lan interfaces are gigabit.

All nodes have a Fibre Channel Emulex Corporation Zephyr-X LightPulse and the Storage is a HP EVA8100

I read the document
http://www.redhat.com/promo/summit/2008/downloads/pdf/Thursday/Summit08presentation_GFSBestPractices_Final.pdf
which show some parameters to tune and one of them is demote_secs, to adjust to 100sec

thanks

What sort of network and storage device are you using?

Also, why set demote_secs so low?

-----Original Message-----
From: linux-cluster-bounces redhat com
[mailto:linux-cluster-bounces redhat com] On Behalf Of ffv tjpr jus br
Sent: Tuesday, November 04, 2008 2:13 PM
To: linux-cluster redhat com
Subject: [Linux-cluster] GFS2 poor performance

Hi all,

I´m getting a very poor performance using GFS2.
I have two qmail (mail) servers and one gfs2 filesystem shared by them.
In this case, each directory in GFS2 filesystem may have upon to 10000
files (mails)

The problem is in performance of some operations like ls, du, rm, etc
for example,

# time du -sh /dados/teste
40M     /dados/teste

real    7m14.919s
user    0m0.008s
sys     0m0.129s

this is unacceptable

Some attributes i already set using gfs2_tool:

gfs2_tool settune /dados demote_secs 100 gfs2_tool setflag jdata
/dados gfs2_tool setflag sync /dados gfs2_tool setflag directio /dados

but the performance is still very bad


Anybody know how to tune the filesystem for a acceptable performance
working with directory with 10000 files?
thanks for any help

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