Re: Terrible performance of sequential O_DIRECT 4k writes in SANenvironment. ~3 times slower then Solars 10 with the same HBA/Storage.

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Mon Jan 20 2014 - 17:18:58 EST

On Mon, Jan 20, 2014 at 05:58:55AM -0800, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> On Thu, Jan 16, 2014 at 09:07:21AM +1100, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > Yes, I think it can be done relatively simply. We'd have to change
> > the code in xfs_file_aio_write_checks() to check whether EOF zeroing
> > was required rather than always taking an exclusive lock (for block
> > aligned IO at EOF sub-block zeroing isn't required),
> That's not even required for supporting aio appends, just a further
> optimization for it.

Oh, right, I got an off-by-one when reading the code - the EOF
zeroing only occurs when the offset is beyond EOF, not at or beyond

> > and then we'd
> > have to modify the direct IO code to set the is_async flag
> > appropriately. We'd probably need a new flag to say tell the DIO
> > code that AIO beyond EOF is OK, but that isn't hard to do....
> Yep, need a flag to allow appending writes and then defer them.
> > Christoph, are you going to get any time to look at doing this in
> > the next few days?
> I'll probably need at least another week before I can get to it. If you
> wanna pick it up before than feel free.

I'm probably not going to get to it before then, either, so check
back in a week?


Dave Chinner
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