[Gluster-devel] [Gluster-users] 120k context switches on GlsuterFS nodes

Joe Julian joe at julianfamily.org
Thu May 18 13:09:47 UTC 2017

On the other hand,  tracking that stat between versions with a known test sequence may be valuable for watching for performance issues or improvements. 

On May 17, 2017 10:03:28 PM PDT, Ravishankar N <ravishankar at redhat.com> wrote:
>On 05/17/2017 11:07 PM, Pranith Kumar Karampuri wrote:
>> + gluster-devel
>> On Wed, May 17, 2017 at 10:50 PM, mabi <mabi at protonmail.ch 
>> <mailto:mabi at protonmail.ch>> wrote:
>>     I don't know exactly what kind of context-switches it was but
>>     I know is that it is the "cs" number under "system" when you run
>>     vmstat.
>Okay, that could be due to the  syscalls themselves or pre-emptive 
>multitasking in case there aren't enough cpu cores. I think the spike
>numbers is due to more users accessing the files at the same time like 
>you observed, translating into more syscalls.  You can try capturing
>gluster volume profile info the next time it occurs and co-relate with 
>the cs count. If you don't see any negative performance impact, I think
>you don't need to be bothered much by the numbers.
>>     Also I use the percona linux monitoring template for cacti
>>     which monitors context switches too. If that's of any use
>>     interrupts where also quite high during that time with peaks up
>>     50k interrupts.
>>>     -------- Original Message --------
>>>     Subject: Re: [Gluster-users] 120k context switches on GlsuterFS
>>>     Local Time: May 17, 2017 2:37 AM
>>>     UTC Time: May 17, 2017 12:37 AM
>>>     From: ravishankar at redhat.com <mailto:ravishankar at redhat.com>
>>>     To: mabi <mabi at protonmail.ch <mailto:mabi at protonmail.ch>>,
>>>     Gluster Users <gluster-users at gluster.org
>>>     <mailto:gluster-users at gluster.org>>
>>>     On 05/16/2017 11:13 PM, mabi wrote:
>>>>     Today I even saw up to 400k context switches for around 30
>>>>     minutes on my two nodes replica... Does anyone else have so
>>>>     context switches on their GlusterFS nodes?
>>>>     I am wondering what is "normal" and if I should be worried...
>>>>>     -------- Original Message --------
>>>>>     Subject: 120k context switches on GlsuterFS nodes
>>>>>     Local Time: May 11, 2017 9:18 PM
>>>>>     UTC Time: May 11, 2017 7:18 PM
>>>>>     From: mabi at protonmail.ch <mailto:mabi at protonmail.ch>
>>>>>     To: Gluster Users <gluster-users at gluster.org>
>>>>>     <mailto:gluster-users at gluster.org>
>>>>>     Hi,
>>>>>     Today I noticed that for around 50 minutes my two GlusterFS
>>>>>     3.8.11 nodes had a very high amount of context switches,
>>>>>     120k. Usually the average is more around 1k-2k. So I checked
>>>>>     what was happening and there where just more users accessing
>>>>>     (downloading) their files at the same time. These are
>>>>>     directories with typical cloud files, which means files of any
>>>>>     sizes ranging from a few kB to MB and a lot of course.
>>>>>     Now I never saw such a high number in context switches in my
>>>>>     entire life so I wanted to ask if this is normal or to be
>>>>>     expected? I do not find any signs of errors or warnings in any
>>>>>     log files.
>>>     What context switch are you referring to (syscalls
>>>     on the bricks?) ? How did you measure this?
>>>     -Ravi
>>>>>     My volume is a replicated volume on two nodes with ZFS as
>>>>>     filesystem behind and the volume is mounted using FUSE on the
>>>>>     client (the cloud server). On that cloud server the glusterfs
>>>>>     process was using quite a lot of system CPU but that server
>>>>>     (VM) only has 2 vCPUs so maybe I should increase the number of
>>>>>     vCPUs...
>>>>>     Any ideas or recommendations?
>>>>>     Regards,
>>>>>     M.
>>>>     _______________________________________________
>>>>     Gluster-users mailing list
>>>>     Gluster-users at gluster.org <mailto:Gluster-users at gluster.org>
>>>>     http://lists.gluster.org/mailman/listinfo/gluster-users
>>>>     <http://lists.gluster.org/mailman/listinfo/gluster-users>
>>     _______________________________________________ Gluster-users
>>     mailing list Gluster-users at gluster.org
>>     <mailto:Gluster-users at gluster.org>
>>     http://lists.gluster.org/mailman/listinfo/gluster-users
>>     <http://lists.gluster.org/mailman/listinfo/gluster-users> 
>> -- 
>> Pranith

Sent from my Android device with K-9 Mail. Please excuse my brevity.
-------------- next part --------------
An HTML attachment was scrubbed...
URL: <http://lists.gluster.org/pipermail/gluster-devel/attachments/20170518/8bea508b/attachment.html>

More information about the Gluster-devel mailing list