[Gluster-users] What application workloads are too slow for you on gluster?

Gambit15 dougti+gluster at gmail.com
Mon Sep 26 19:52:07 UTC 2016

No problems with web hosting here, including loads of busy Wordpress sites
& the like. However you need to tune your filesystems correctly.
In our case, we've got webserver VMs running on top of a Gluster layer with
the following configurations...

   - Swap either disabled or strictly minimised with *vm.swappiness=10*
   - All filesystems are mounted with *relatime*
   - All logging is exported to an external server
   - Memcache on each server
   - nginx reverse proxy cache (Squid & Varnish'd also do the job)
   - APC PHP cache

Joe's even written a page
about optimisations.

In all, the filesystem is only touched when a user uploads a file.
Everything else pretty much runs in memory.

This problem isn't so much Gluster's fault, as people trying to use a
distributed filesystem/volume like a local disk.

On 24 September 2016 at 20:36, Pranith Kumar Karampuri <pkarampu at redhat.com>

> On Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 8:59 PM, Kevin Lemonnier <lemonnierk at ulrar.net>
> wrote:
>> On Sat, Sep 24, 2016 at 07:48:53PM +0530, Pranith Kumar Karampuri wrote:
>> >    hi,
>> >    A A A A A  I want to get a sense of the kinds of applications you
>> tried
>> >    out on gluster but you had to find other alternatives because gluster
>> >    didn't perform well enough or the soultion would become too
>> expensive if
>> >    you move to all SSD kind of setup.
>> Hi,
>> Web Hosting is what comes to mind for me. Applications like prestashop,
>> wordpress,
>> some custom apps ... I know that I try to use DRBD as much as I can for
>> that since
>> GlusterFS makes the sites just way too slow to use, I tried both fuse and
>> NFS (not
>> ganesha since I'm on debian everytime though, don't know if that matters).
>> Using things like OPCache and moving the application's cache outside of
>> the volume
>> are helping a lot but that brings a whole loads of other problems you
>> can't always
>> deal with, so most of the time I just don't use gluster for that.
>> Last time I really had to use gluster to host a web app I ended up
>> installing a VM
>> with a disk stored on glusterfs and configuring a simple NFS server, that
>> was way
>> faster than mounting a gluster volume directly on the web servers. At
>> least that
>> proves VM hosting works pretty well now though !
>> Now I can't try tiering, unfortunatly I don't have the option of having
>> hardware for
>> that, but maybe that would indeed solve it if it makes looking up lots of
>> tiny files
>> quicker.
> I guess website hosting could be small-file workload related? Tiering may
> not help here until we reduce network round trips. I was wondering if
> anyone has any write intensive workload that gluster couldn't keep up with
> and they had to move to SSDs to make sure gluster works fine with it.
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