[Gluster-devel] Should we enable contention notification by default ?

Milind Changire mchangir at redhat.com
Thu May 2 13:37:02 UTC 2019

On Thu, May 2, 2019 at 6:44 PM Xavi Hernandez <xhernandez at redhat.com> wrote:

> Hi Ashish,
> On Thu, May 2, 2019 at 2:17 PM Ashish Pandey <aspandey at redhat.com> wrote:
>> Xavi,
>> I would like to keep this option (features.lock-notify-contention)
>> enabled by default.
>> However, I can see that there is one more option which will impact the
>> working of this option which is "notify-contention-delay"
Just a nit. I wish the option was called "notify-contention-interval"
The "delay" part doesn't really emphasize where the delay would be put in.

>      .description = "This value determines the minimum amount of time "
>>                     "(in seconds) between upcall contention notifications
>> "
>>                     "on the same inode. If multiple lock requests are "
>>                     "received during this period, only one upcall will "
>>                     "be sent."},
>> I am not sure what should be the best value for this option if we want to
>> keep features.lock-notify-contention ON by default?
>> It looks like if we keep the value of notify-contention-delay more, say 5
>> sec, it will wait for this much time to send up call
>> notification which does not look good.
> No, the first notification is sent immediately. What this option does is
> to define the minimum interval between notifications. This interval is per
> lock. This is done to avoid storms of notifications if many requests come
> referencing the same lock.
> Is my understanding correct?
>> What will be impact of this value and what should be the default value of
>> this option?
> I think the current default value of 5 seconds seems good enough. If there
> are many bricks, each brick could send a notification per lock. 1000 bricks
> would mean a client would receive 1000 notifications every 5 seconds. It
> doesn't seem too much, but in those cases 10, and considering we could have
> other locks, maybe a higher value could be better.
> Xavi
>> ---
>> Ashish
>> ------------------------------
>> *From: *"Xavi Hernandez" <xhernandez at redhat.com>
>> *To: *"gluster-devel" <gluster-devel at gluster.org>
>> *Cc: *"Pranith Kumar Karampuri" <pkarampu at redhat.com>, "Ashish Pandey" <
>> aspandey at redhat.com>, "Amar Tumballi" <atumball at redhat.com>
>> *Sent: *Thursday, May 2, 2019 4:15:38 PM
>> *Subject: *Should we enable contention notification by default ?
>> Hi all,
>> there's a feature in the locks xlator that sends a notification to
>> current owner of a lock when another client tries to acquire the same lock.
>> This way the current owner is made aware of the contention and can release
>> the lock as soon as possible to allow the other client to proceed.
>> This is specially useful when eager-locking is used and multiple clients
>> access the same files and directories. Currently both replicated and
>> dispersed volumes use eager-locking and can use contention notification to
>> force an early release of the lock.
>> Eager-locking reduces the number of network requests required for each
>> operation, improving performance, but could add delays to other clients
>> while it keeps the inode or entry locked. With the contention notification
>> feature we avoid this delay, so we get the best performance with minimal
>> issues in multiclient environments.
>> Currently the contention notification feature is controlled by the
>> 'features.lock-notify-contention' option and it's disabled by default.
>> Should we enable it by default ?
>> I don't see any reason to keep it disabled by default. Does anyone
>> foresee any problem ?
>> Regards,
>> Xavi
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