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

mabi mabi at protonmail.ch
Thu May 18 18:43:21 UTC 2017

I have a single Intel Xeon CPU E5-2620 v3 @ 2.40GHz in each nodes and this one has 6 cores and 12 threads. I thought this would be enough for GlusterFS. When I check my CPU graphs everything is pretty much idle and there is hardly any peeks at all on the CPU. During the very high context switch my CPU graphs shows the following:

1 thread was 100% busy in CPU user
1 thread was 100% busy in CPU system

leaving actually 10 other threads out of the total of 12 threads unused...

Is there maybe any performance tuning parameters I need to configure in order to make a better use of my CPU cores or threads?

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Subject: Re: [Gluster-users] 120k context switches on GlsuterFS nodes
Local Time: May 18, 2017 7:03 AM
UTC Time: May 18, 2017 5:03 AM
From: ravishankar at redhat.com
To: Pranith Kumar Karampuri <pkarampu at redhat.com>, mabi <mabi at protonmail.ch>
Gluster Users <gluster-users at gluster.org>, Gluster Devel <gluster-devel at gluster.org>

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> wrote:

I don't know exactly what kind of context-switches it was but what 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 in numbers is due to more users accessing the files at the same time like you observed, translating into more syscalls. You can try capturing the 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 (https://www.percona.com/doc/percona-monitoring-plugins/LATEST/cacti/linux-templates.html) which monitors context switches too. If that's of any use interrupts where also quite high during that time with peaks up to 50k interrupts.

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Subject: Re: [Gluster-users] 120k context switches on GlsuterFS nodes
Local Time: May 17, 2017 2:37 AM
UTC Time: May 17, 2017 12:37 AM
From: ravishankar at redhat.com
To: mabi <mabi at protonmail.ch>, Gluster Users <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 high 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
To: Gluster Users [<gluster-users at gluster.org>](mailto:gluster-users at gluster.org)


Today I noticed that for around 50 minutes my two GlusterFS 3.8.11 nodes had a very high amount of context switches, around 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 context-switch on the bricks?) ? How did you measure this?

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?



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