Re: [PATCH 0/4] dcache: make Oracle more scalable on large systems

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Fri Feb 22 2013 - 18:01:00 EST

On Thu, Feb 21, 2013 at 11:13:27PM -0500, Waiman Long wrote:
> On 02/21/2013 07:13 PM, Andi Kleen wrote:
> >Dave Chinner<david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx> writes:
> >
> >>On Tue, Feb 19, 2013 at 01:50:55PM -0500, Waiman Long wrote:
> >>>It was found that the Oracle database software issues a lot of call
> >>>to the seq_path() kernel function which translates a (dentry, mnt)
> >>>pair to an absolute path. The seq_path() function will eventually
> >>>take the following two locks:
> >>Nobody should be doing reverse dentry-to-name lookups in a quantity
> >>sufficient for it to become a performance limiting factor. What is
> >>the Oracle DB actually using this path for?
> >Yes calling d_path frequently is usually a bug elsewhere.
> >Is that through /proc ?
> >
> >-Andi
> >
> >
> A sample strace of Oracle indicates that it opens a lot of /proc
> filesystem files such as the stat, maps, etc many times while
> running. Oracle has a very detailed system performance reporting
> infrastructure in place to report almost all aspect of system
> performance through its AWR reporting tool or the browser-base
> enterprise manager. Maybe that is the reason why it is hitting this
> performance bottleneck.

That seems to me like an application problem - poking at what the
kernel is doing via diagnostic interfaces so often that it gets in
the way of the kernel actually doing stuff is not a problem the
kernel can solve.


Dave Chinner
To unsubscribe from this list: send the line "unsubscribe linux-kernel" in
the body of a message to majordomo@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
More majordomo info at
Please read the FAQ at