Re: I/O and pdflush

From: Fernando Silveira
Date: Mon Aug 31 2009 - 09:24:47 EST

On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 07:21, Wu Fengguang<fengguang.wu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 06:12:47PM +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
>> On Sat, Aug 29, 2009 at 05:48:40AM +0800, Fernando Silveira wrote:
>> > On Sun, Jul 12, 2009 at 05:04, Wu Fengguang<fengguang.wu@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>> > > On Sat, Jul 11, 2009 at 02:27:25PM -0300, Fernando Silveira wrote:
>> > >> I'm having a hard time with an application that writes sequentially
>> > >> 250GB of non-stop data directly to a solid state disk (OCZ SSD CORE
>> > >> v2) device and I hope you can help me. The command "dd if=/dev/zero
>> > >> of=/dev/sdc bs=4M" reproduces the same symptoms I'm having and writes
>> > >> exactly as that application does.
>> Sure. Attached is a writeback debug patch. It will generate lots of
>> kernel messages. You can just stop your klogd, start your workload
>> and monitor the SSD writeback throughput via tools like iostat/dstat.
> Fernando, will you post the output of iostat/dstat too? Thanks!
> The ssd-no_dirty_buffer_with_random_192mb_writes.png is a good overview,
> however I'd like to also check out the numbers for each second :)
>> When it goes into the suboptimal 25MB/s state for several seconds, run
>>         dmesg > dmesg-writeback
>> and send me the log.
>> And it is advised to turn on the kconfig option CONFIG_PRINTK_TIME=y.

Thanks for your help.

You can reach in the URL below a tarball which contains the data I
logged after patching the kernel with only your last patch.

Each file contained in the tarball is described below:

- log-20090831_0908-MK020903042C0001B-prosar_fcc2-bs_4M-{0-ddv,1-table,2-plot}.*
Logging statistics. The "0-ddv" file is the log of a modified
version of the dd(1) utility to print writing statistics after every
write(2), "1-table" is a table version of the "0-ddv" file parsed with
awk(1) and "2-plot" is the a plot image of the writing statistics.

- log-20090831_0908-MK020903042C0001B-prosar_fcc2-bs_4M-0-dstat.log
The result of "dstat > dstat.log" executed ~3 seconds after "ddv" started.

- log-20090831_0908-MK020903042C0001B-prosar_fcc2-bs_4M-0-iostat.log
The result of "iostat 1 > iostat.log" executed ~15 seconds after
"ddv" started.

- log-20090831_0908-MK020903042C0001B-prosar_fcc2-bs_4M-0-dmesg_writeback_{1..67}.log
The result of "for i in {1..67}; do dmesg > dmesg-writeback-$i.log;
sleep 1; done" executed when "ddv" had written about 42GB of data.

- log-20090831_0908-MK020903042C0001B-prosar_fcc2-bs_4M-0-dmesg_writeback_{100..186}.log
The result of "for i in {100..186}; do dmesg >
dmesg-writeback-$i.log; sleep 1; done" executed when "ddv" had written
about 51GB of data.

Please tell me if you need anything else. I could make a more
synchronized or informative logging output if you need.

Best regards,

Fernando Silveira <fsilveira@xxxxxxxxx>
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