[Drbd-dev] [PATCH 00/18] RFC: Non blocking submit for activity log misses

Jens Axboe axboe at kernel.dk
Fri Mar 22 18:17:06 CET 2013

On Tue, Mar 19 2013, Philipp Reisner wrote:
> The Issues
> Since the beginning DRBD was written with the assumption that the write
> pattern has spacial locality. (This assumption was driven from the fact,
> that rotating media performs better if you do not send the head too far too
> often)
> Backed by this assumption a caller that submits a request that is outside of
> the current active set, was blocked until the active set was changed.
> (Changing the active set is a synchronous write operation to the meta-data
> area on the backing storage = "an AL-update" in DRBD-speak)
> A second effect was that DRBD's meta-data was located in a very narrow
> area. When DRBD is used on top of a RAID0 stripe set, this causes all
> AL-updates to got to the same disk.
> The Proposed Solution
> This patch series improves DRBD's behavior. A submitter is no longer blocked
> in the case of a AL-miss. For this a dedicated submitter worker is introduced
> (patch 13).
> In order to better distribute the AL-updates to more disks in a stripe set
> this patch series also introduces an optional striped layout of the part
> of the meta-data that holds the AL-updates (patch 4).
> The Results
> This of course drastically improves DRBD's performance if the write pattern
> does not have any spacial locality. E.g. random writes spread out over the
> whole device.
> In the test systems we have SSDs with are able to do up to 50000 writes per
> second. The test does random distributed writes over a work set size of
> 128GiB with IO depths from 1 to 1024.
> At an IO depth of 64:
> without this patch we observed ~100 IOPs.
> With this patches we observed about 20000 IOPs.
> Please find charts of the results here:
> http://blogs.linbit.com/p/469/843-random-writes-faster/

Patchset doesn't apply to current tree. 10/18 gets into problems, last
hunk of drbd_main.c. What is this based on?

Jens Axboe

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