Re: [Bug 12309] Large I/O operations result in slow performanceand high iowait times

From: Mike Galbraith
Date: Mon Nov 02 2009 - 10:56:15 EST

> --- Comment #412 from Thomas Pilarski <thomas.pi@xxxxxxxx> 2009-11-01 21:28:24 ---
> Created an attachment (id=23618)
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> Simple sleeper test case
> As this bug occurs more permanent while working in an virtual machine or while
> using java and I still think, that's this is a process scheduler bug (or
> something related). Here another test case, which shows the suspected
> behaviour. As there are many system calls while using a virtual machine, I have
> tries to find an equal test. The test case just sleeps for 1__s and measures the
> time difference of the usleep operation. I am using such many of the usleep
> operations, as the problems does not occur deterministic and I tried to catch
> as many as possibly occurrences.
> I have run this test case on three machines. The first one was a Core2 Duo with
> a first generation SDD (OCZ Core Series) with a poor write performance and on a
> Ubuntu kernel 2.6.31-14-generic. The partitions are block aligned. I have run
> this test, while my wife was using firefox. Every time, she was submitting
> something and firefox is using sqlite for writing the history, there was a high
> latency for the sleep test.
> Timediff 7629094: 16.80ms Total: 61.12ms
> Timediff 7629100: 18.82ms Total: 93.68ms
> Timediff 7629101: 19.96ms Total: 113.54ms
> Timediff 7629102: 19.98ms Total: 133.43ms
> Timediff 7629103: 19.97ms Total: 153.31ms
> Timediff 7629104: 20.00ms Total: 173.24ms
> Timediff 7629105: 19.96ms Total: 193.09ms
> Timediff 7629106: 20.02ms Total: 213.02ms
> Timediff 7629107: 19.94ms Total: 232.86ms
> Timediff 7636162: 16.40ms Total: 34.44ms
> Timediff 7636164: 19.90ms Total: 64.00ms
> While the duration of 100 usleep should be somewhere between 10ms and 20ms, 10
> usleep(1) takes more than 200ms. This behaviour is reproducible.

Can you please try the latest -rc? I spent the day trying to coax a
latency spike out of -tip, including thumping disk with dd, mysql+oltp
rw test et al, and failed.


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