[Gluster-devel] Performance Translators' Stability and Usefulness

Gordan Bobic gordan at bobich.net
Fri Jul 3 22:24:48 UTC 2009

Just reading through the wiki on this and a few things are unclear, so 
I'm hoping someone can clarify.

1) readahead

- Is there any point in using this on systems where the interconnect <= 
1Gb/s? The wiki implies there is no point in this, but doesn't quite 
state it explicitly.

- Is there any point in using this on a server that is also it's own 
client when use with replicate/afr? I'm guessing there isn't since the 
local fs will be doing it's own read-ahead but I'd like some 
confirmation on that.

2) io-threads

Is this (usefully) applicable on the client side?

3) io-cache

The wiki page has the same paragraph pasted for both io-threads and 
io-cache. Are they the same thing, or is this a documentation bug? What 
does io-cache do?

Finally - which translators are deemed stable (no know issues - memory 
leaks/bloat, crashes, corruption, etc.)?

Any particular suggestions on which performance translator combination 
would be good to apply for a shared root AFR over a WAN? I already have 
read-subvolume set to the local mirror, but any improvement is welcome 
when latencies soar to 100ms and b/w gets hammered down to 1-2.5 Mb/s.

Another thing - when a node works standalone in AFR, performance is 
pretty good, but as soon as a peer node joins, even though the original 
node is the primary, performance degrades on the primary node quite 
significantly, even though the interconnect is direct gigabit, which 
shouldn't be adding any particular latency (< 0.1ms) or overheads, 
especially on the primary node. Is there any particular reason for this 
degradation? It's OK in normal usage, but some operations (e.g. building 
an big bootstrapping initrd (50MB compressed, including all the gernel 
drivers) takes nearly 10x longer when the peers join than when the node 
is standalone. I expected some degradation, but only on the order of 
added network latency, and this is way, way more. I tried with and 
without direct-io=off, and that didn't make a great amount of 
difference. Which performance translators are likely to help with this 
use case?


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