[Gluster-users] glusterfs and glusterfsd process utilization extremely high

Pranith Kumar Karampuri pkarampu at redhat.com
Sat Nov 22 18:24:42 UTC 2014

On 11/22/2014 11:50 PM, Kyle Harris wrote:
> Hi Pranith,
> Thank you very much for the quick reply and the information.  I am in 
> the process now of recreating the cluster using XFS.  This all brings 
> up a few questions:
> - I assume the change from EXT4 to XFS will correct the problem with 
> readdir (in other words, the issue is not present in XFS)?
Yes. This particular readdir issue is present because of the way gluster 
is handling EXT4's 64 bit offsets in readdir.
> - Do you have any idea when the patch for this might be out?  My 
> reason for asking is that I have another cluster that has been updated 
> to 3.6 and is running on EXT4 but does not yet have an issue.  This 
> concerns me so I am hoping the patch will be out soon?
Patch is out, but we need to wait for next release. Let me talk to Vijay 
once and see if we can make it quickly.
> - What exactly does cluster.entry-self-heal do?  I can't seem to find 
> a description of it?
It enables/disables directory self-heal.
> - I assume from your posts that the reason the cluster is fine until 
> traffic hits it is because the self-heal is not happening until 
> traffic causes the files to be read.  Is that how it works?
> Thank you again for the fast response and the great product!
> ----
> Kyle
> On Sat, Nov 22, 2014 at 11:36 AM, Pranith Kumar Karampuri 
> <pkarampu at redhat.com <mailto:pkarampu at redhat.com>> wrote:
>     On 11/22/2014 11:04 PM, Pranith Kumar Karampuri wrote:
>>     On 11/22/2014 10:40 PM, Pranith Kumar Karampuri wrote:
>>>     On 11/22/2014 10:29 PM, Kyle Harris wrote:
>>>>     Hello,
>>>>     I have an issue with a 3 node replicated cluster.  My issue
>>>>     started after reboot a while back.  The top command would show
>>>>     the glusterfs and glusterfsd processes eating up almost all the
>>>>     resources on an all three nodes of the cluster.  So much so
>>>>     that it would not run the web sites that are hosted on it.  The
>>>>     httpd processes would begin to hang.  I finally decided to tear
>>>>     down the cluster and rebuild it from the ground up.  I did so
>>>>     and then copied all the data back which took all night due to
>>>>     the amount of data.  All was well during that entire copy
>>>>     process back to the cluster with no resource spikes.
>>     Assuming you go back to 3.5.2
>>     Execute the following commands:
>>     # gluster volume set <volname> cluster.entry-self-heal off
>>     This should prevent httpd hangs.
>>     If you still find that the CPU usage is very high, execute the
>>     following command:
>>     # gluster volume set <volname> cluster.self-heal-daemon off
>>     This disables self-healing. But you should probably periodically
>>     heal so that the data is healed by enabling self-heal-daemon
>>     using following command:
>>     # gluster volume set <volname> cluster.self-heal-daemon on
>>     Once "gluster volume heal <volname> info" shows zero entries,
>>     then healing is complete.
>>     We took some steps to improve this in 3.6. But readdir in EXT4 is
>>     not working correctly so that is probably giving problems here.
>>     Lets wait for Vijay to merge the patch I mentioned, then things
>>     should be fine.
>     Sorry for the inconvenience caused. We found the issue after the
>     release is made :-(.
>     Pranith
>>     Pranith
>>>>     I should note that this cluster is home to many Apache/PHP
>>>>     based web sites.  The problem starts again, however the minute
>>>>     I point traffic back to the sites on the cluster.  Before
>>>>     pointing traffic to it, all is fine but as soon as the traffic
>>>>     begins to hit it, the utilization again begins to spike.  Note
>>>>     that all the sites run just fine when hosted from a standard
>>>>     EXT4 partition.  I noticed another thread labeled "glusterfsd
>>>>     process thrashing CPU" where Pranith asks if the user has
>>>>     directories with lots of files and I do.
>>>>     Here are some other details of my cluster:
>>>>     - OS:  CentOS 6.6 with all updates on all 3 nodes as of 11-22-2014
>>>>     - All 3 nodes have 8 cores with 16 GB of RAM
>>>>     - Nodes are all formatted with EXT4
>>>>     - All three nodes also have the files systems mounted on them
>>>>     for use with Apache.  I have experimented with both NFS and
>>>>     Fuse mounts and it doesn't seem to make a difference which I
>>>>     use for this particular problem.  I am currently using Fuse.
>>>>     - Approximately 135 GB of data.  Some deep directories with
>>>>     many small files.
>>>>     - No optimization or changes have been made to the cluster . .
>>>>     . it is running with default options
>>>>     - Gluster version 3.6.1-1 installed from RPMs
>>>>     - Note the issue originally occurred on version 3.5.2 but I
>>>>     updated before rebuilding it in hopes that would fix it (it didn't)
>>>>     Can anyone give me guidance on how to tackle this problem?  I
>>>>     am hoping perhaps Pranith can give some details as to why the
>>>>     question about many files and how to proceed given my
>>>>     situation.  I know others have commented about having many
>>>>     small files with regard to performance but when the processors
>>>>     are not spiked, performance has been acceptable.  Any help
>>>>     would be greatly appreciated.
>>>     Kyle,
>>>           3.6.1 and EXT4 has a problem because of 64 bits offset.
>>>     Afr-v2 implementation introduced this problem. We thought the
>>>     following patch is merged but it didn't :-(
>>>     http://review.gluster.com/8201. Please don't use 3.6.1 with EXT4
>>>     Vijay,
>>>           Please merge http://review.gluster.com/8201
>>>     Pranith
>>>>     -- 
>>>>     Kyle
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