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Re: [linux-lvm] pvmove painfully slow on parity RAID



On Fri, 31 Dec 2010, Stuart D. Gathman wrote:

> On Fri, 31 Dec 2010, Spelic wrote:
> 
> > Ok never mind, I found the problem:
> > LVM probably uses O_DIRECT, right?
> > Well it's absymally slow on MD parity raid (I checked with dd on the bare MD
> > device just now) and I don't know why it's so slow. It's not because of the
> > rmw because it's slow even the second time I try, when it does not read
> > anything anymore because all reads are in cache already.
> 
> The point of O_DIRECT is to *not* use the cache.  Although a write-through
> cache would seem to be OK, you have to make sure that ALL writes write-through
> the cache, or the data on parity raid will be corrupted.
> 
> The R/M/W problem afflicts every level of parity raid in subtle ways.
> That's why I don't like it.

Plus, any write to *part* of a chunk, even with a write-through cache, still
has to write the *entire* chunk.  So if chunk size is 64K, and pvmove
writes to 32K blocks with O_DIRECT, that is 2 writes of the 64K chunk, even
with the write-through cache (without the cache, it is 2 reads + 2 writes
of the same chunk).

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