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Re: [Linux-cluster] rm -r on gfs2 filesystem is very slow


On Fri, 2009-07-10 at 07:42 -0700, Peter Schobel wrote:
> When we did our initial proof of concept, we did not notice any
> performance problem of this magnitude. We were using OS release 2. Our
> QA engineers passed approval on the performance stats of the gfs2
> filesystem and now that we are in deployment phase they are calling it
> unusable.
> Have there been any recent software changes that could have caused
> degraded performance or something I may have missed in configuration?
> Are there any tunable parameters in gfs2 that may increase our
> performance?
Not that I'm aware of. There are no tunable parameters which might
affect this particular aspect of performance, but to be clear exactly
what the issue is, let me ask a few questions...

> Our application is very write intensive. Basically we are compiling a
> source tree and running a make clean between builds.
> Thanks in advance,
> Peter
> ~
What is the nature of the writes? Are the different nodes writing into
different directories in the main?

GFS2 is pretty good at large directories, given certain conditions. Look
ups should be pretty fast. Once there is a writer into a particular
directory, then ideally one would take care not to read or write that
directory from other nodes until the writer is finished.

Directory listing of large directories can be slow, and counts as
reading the directory from a caching point of view. Look ups of
individual files should be fast though,


> On Wed, Jul 08, 2009 at 01:58:30PM -0700, Peter Schobel wrote:
> >> I am trying to set up a four node cluster but am getting very poor
> >> performance when removing large directories. A directory approximately
> >> 1.6G  in size takes around 5 mins to remove from the gfs2 filesystem
> >> but removes in around 10 seconds from the local disk.
> >>
> >> I am using CentOS 5.3 with kernel 2.6.18-128.1.16.el5PAE.
> >>
> >> The filesystem was formatted in the following manner: mkfs.gfs2 -t
> >> wtl_build:dev_home00 -p lock_dlm -j 10
> >> /dev/mapper/VolGroupGFS-LogVolDevHome00 and is being mounted with the
> >> following options: _netdev,noatime,defaults.
> >
> > This is something you have to live with.  GFS(2) works great, but with
> > large(r) directories performance is extremely bad and for many
> > applications a real show-stopper.
> >
> > There have been many discussions on this list, with GFS parameter tuning
> > suggestions that at least for me didn't result in any improvements, with
> > promises that the problems would be solved in GFS2 (I see no significant
> > performance improvements between GFS and GFS2), etc.
> > --
> > --    Jos Vos <jos xos nl>
> > --    X/OS Experts in Open Systems BV   |   Phone: +31 20 6938364
> > --    Amsterdam, The Netherlands        |     Fax: +31 20 6948204

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