Raid0 slowdown from 2.4.19-rc1

From: Walt H (
Date: Sun Aug 04 2002 - 20:39:50 EST


I've recently upgraded kernels from 2.4.19-rc1 to rc2 and on to final
and have experienced a dramatic slowdown in raid0 performance since.
Final 2.4.19 was patched with XFS and preempt and compiled using
gcc-3.1.1 - I've tried switching compilers to 2.96 (mandrake 8.2), and
cutting out preempt patches. First md1 array consists of two partitions
from hda & hdc. hdparm for both drives looks fine by themselves:

[root@waltsathlon walt]# hdparm -t /dev/hda

  Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 1.66 seconds = 38.55 MB/sec
  Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 1.65 seconds = 38.79 MB/sec

However, using them combined as raid0, md1:

  Timing buffered disk reads: 64 MB in 1.44 seconds = 44.44 MB/sec

In 2.4.18 and up through 2.4.19-rc1 I saw 66-70MB/sec from this array.
Starting in rc2 it dropped to the mid 40's. I've also ran bonnie++ and
confirmed several significant drops, however, not as bad as you would
think considering the results of hdparm.

Soyo Dragon+ MB w/ Athlon 1800+, 512MB Ram
Drives connected via onboard Promise PDC20265 in ultra mode
2x40GB IBM Deskstar 60GXP (I know....)

Anything else you need, just ask. Please CC me in replies as I'm not a
member of the list. Thanks,


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