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Re: Severe netbsd-6 NFS server-side performance issues

On Mon, Jun 04, 2012 at 09:46:26AM -0700, Brian Buhrow wrote:
>       hello.  From the description, it sounds like the amr(4) driver is
> really getting wedged somewhere and this is what's causing yor problem.

It sounds to me like either:

A) The amr -- due to driver or firmware issues, hard to say which -- has
   gone from writeback to write-through mode and is thus performing
   terribly on real workloads with random read and write traffic.  Bonnie
   is not a good tool for simulating this kind of workload.  Actually, my
   personal opinion is that Bonnie is not a good disk benchmarking tool for
   any purpose at all. :-(

B) If you are using "log" mode with your FFS filesystems, it may be that
   the cache-flush transactions performed by the WAPBL code are actually
   causing a full flush of the amr's nonvolatile cache.  If so, this is a
   bug either in the firmware or the driver.  If the cache has optimal
   battery state, a synchronization requested by WAPBL should not cause it
   to be flushed to the disks.

The adapter does show optimal battery status and write-back cache mode?
If so, I'd start investigating one of the two possibilities above.  I bet
you can provoke the issue by, for example, doing a "dd" from the raw device
with a large block size to generate a steady stream of read traffic, and
then running postmark with the parameters adjusted to cause several minutes
of widely scattered I/O with a lot of directory transactions.


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