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Re: [Linux-cluster] GFS and performace

Paras pradhan wrote:
I have a GFS based shared storage cluster that connects to SAN by fibre channel. This GFS shared storage hold several virtual machines. While running hdparam from the host to a GFS share, I get following results.

hdparm -t /guest_vms1

Timing buffered disk reads:  262 MB in  3.00 seconds =  87.24 MB/sec

Now from within the virtual machines, the I/O is low

hdparm -t /dev/mapper/VolGroup00-LogVol00
 Timing buffered disk reads:   88 MB in  3.00 seconds =  29.31 MB/sec

I am looking for possibilities if I can increase my I/O read write within my virtual machines. Tuning GFS does help in this case?

Sorry if my question is not relevant to this list

I suspect you'll find that is pretty normal for virtualization-induced I/O penalty. Virtualization really, trully, utterly sucks when it comes to I/O performance.

My I/O performance tests (done using kernel building) show that the bottleneck was always disk I/O (including when the entire kernel source tree is pre-cached, with a 2GB of RAM guest. The _least_ horribly performing virtualization solution was VMware (tested with latest player 3.0, but verified against the latest server, too). That managed to complete the task in "only" 140% of the time the bare metal machine did (the host machine had it's memory limited to 2GB with the mem= kernel option to make sure the test was fair). So, 40% slower than bare metal.

Paravirtualized Xen was close behind, followed very closely by non-paravirtualized KVM (which was actually slower when paravirtualized drivers were used!). VirtualBox came so far behind it's not even worth mentioning.

Nevertheless, it shows that the whole "performance being close to bare metal" premise is completely mythical and comes from very selective tests (e.g. only testing CPU intensive tasks). But then again we all knew that, right?


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