Re: Very high system load writing data to SCSI DVD-RAM

From: Jens Axboe (
Date: Mon Feb 05 2001 - 13:46:59 EST

On Mon, Feb 05 2001, Oliver Feiler wrote:
> Hello,
> I have the following problem with a DVD-RAM drive. The drive is a
> Panasonic LF-D101 connected to a Tekram DC395U SCSI controller. Kernel is
> 2.2.18 with the patch for the Tekram controller
> (
> When I write huge amounts of data to a DVD-RAM the system load is
> getting very high, like 10 or even above and the system temporarily freezes
> for a short time every minute or so while writing data to the drive. The DVD
> drive writes data with 1.35 MB/sec on the discs so there is not really much

This is an old problem, and not related to the dvd-ram itself. If you
dirty lots of data and the target device is slow, kswapd/bdflush
will go crazy trying to free up memory. It should behave better on
2.4.1, where we impose a global limit on locked buffers. Try and run
a vmstat 1 while doing the copy, and send that along.

> data going over the SCSI controller. Reading data from DVD-RAMs is done with
> 2.7 MB/s (2x) by the drive and does not cause any problems at all.

Reading is much easier to control.

> There is a 4x Teac burner connected to the SCSI controller as well.
> Burning CDs does not raise the system load or cause any other problems.

Burning CDs is very different and does not put pressure on the mm.

Jens Axboe

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