it's been *quite* a while, however just for the record, I was able to
fix this issue.
The RAID controller, a "LSI Logic / Symbios Logic SAS1068 PCI-X
Fusion-MPT SAS", had by default "write caching" disabled.
Once enabled, the throughput jumped from 5MB/sec to 25MB/sec ....
Here's the complete story of my tragedy:
Herbert Poetzl wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 24, 2008 at 11:24:59AM +0200, Markus Fischer wrote:
>> I guess it makes not much sense without some numbers/versions:
>> Kernel 220.127.116.11 with vserver 18.104.22.168, using two 250GB disc in
>> mirroring RAID and on top of that LVM.
> | I'm having a hard time with my system when it comes to IO performance.
> | As an example, I've three directories to delete with about 50000 files
> | in each. I'm deleting on the "host" system already, using "ionice -c3"
> | (only when idle) and CFQ scheduler is activated.
> the bottleneck with disk I/O is mostly caused
> by seeking (which is very slow compared to
> throughput), so maybe your raid/filesystem/disk
> combination is very unfortunate, and any kind
> of extensive seeking causes the I/O subsystem
> to congest
> | While this is done, I've about 11 vserver running.
> what do they do? disk seeks too? ideling?
> | As long as I have the delete job *not* running, the system has a load
> | As < 1.0. soon as I start/resume the job, in short the load goes over
> | As e.g. 12 !
> a load of 12 is nothing bad per se, it just
> means that 12 more processes could be run
> but need to wait on some I/O or CPU
> | I'm currently completely puzzled as to what is going on here. Using
> | vtop I can't find any two processes on top being the cause for the
> | load. The list usually looks like
> first, check with iostat and vmstat to get
> an idea about the ongoing I/O
> the next step would be to recreate the guest
> I/O in some way, so that you can run it on the
> host (without hurting anything). this can then
> be used to check without the Linux-VServer patch
> (to verify if that is some kind of mainline
>> - Markus
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