[Gluster-devel] performance improvements

Vincent Régnard vregnard at tbs-internet.com
Tue Oct 23 16:36:53 UTC 2007

Hi all,

We are presently trying to tune our non-gluster configuration to improve 
glusterfs performance. My config is gluster 1.3.7/fuse2.7.0-glfs5, linux We have 3 clients and 3 servers on a 100Mb network with 5ms 
round trip between clients and servers. The 3 clients replicate with afr 
on client side over the 3 servers.

We have a read/write throughput benchmark (dbench) between 2 and 5 MB/s.

The afr synchronisation using "find -mtime -1 -type f -exec head -c1 
trick" takes approximately 30 minutes for a 20GB filesystem with 300.000 
files. Which seems too long to be acceptable for us. I'd like to tune 
some parameters to increase performance.

I can imagine that reducing the roundtrip between servers might help ? 
But I cannot actually do anything for that. The only thing I might be 
able to do is to configure some QOS. Have you any suggestion about how 
we should do that ? Would giving priority to tcp/6996 between clients 
and servers really help ?

At the (linux) kernel level, could acting on PREMPTION MODEL and 
CONFIG_HZ produce improvement ?

Our present config is as follow:


# CONFIG_HZ_100 is not set
# CONFIG_HZ_1000 is not set

Is it better to prefer SMP to non-SMP kernel builds ? (We presently have 
SMP eneabled for our dual-cores). What impact on glusterfs performances 
if we deactivate SMP ?

We use linuxthread (glibc2.3) and have no NPTL support, can this 
influence the performances as well ?

We naturally already have gluster improvements in the configuration 
(io-{thread,cache}, readahead and writebehind).

Thanks in advance for your comments or suggestions.


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