Re: Poor I/O Performance (10x slower than 2.2)

From: Rik van Riel (
Date: Thu Jun 01 2000 - 06:26:07 EST

On Wed, 31 May 2000, Michal Ostrowski wrote:

> I've noticed some horrible I/O performance in recent 2.3
> kernels. My first guess was that this was related to the
> various VM problems that have been running rampant recently, but
> now I'm not so sure. Even though I've been reading reports that
> VM performance has been improving, I've seen no noticeable
> impact on my test results.

In fact, 2.3.99-pre9 doesn't contain most of the "new VM" stuff,
that went in in the -ac* series (and seems to have increased
performance very slightly).

        (most test results snipped for brevity)
> Celeron 500 Dual PIII 550
> test1-ac7 2.3.99-pre9
> Threads Blocks Time To Complete 1000 Reads (seconds)
> per
> Read
> 1 32 22.0 32.3
> 4 32 20.2 28.5
> 10 32 290 345 *

The fact that performance really deteriorates when you
run more threads suggests that this may have something
to do with the elevator code.

> * 2.2.14 runs this test in 34 seconds.

How fast are 2.2.15 and the latest 2.2.16pre kernel?
The elevator code changed after 2.2.14, so it would
be an ideal testbed for seeing what the culprit is.

(VM changed too, but in a completely different way
from how 2.3/2.4 VM changed)



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