Oracle and linux I/O Scheduler

Starting from the previous two papers and thanks to Jens Axboe advices I decided to start several test trying to tune the cfq scheduler. The database has been recreated as well as the TPCC schema. For this reason I performed a couple of benchmarch with the deadline scheduler as a baseline for the tests on cfq. These have been made changing one (or two) parameter at one time and the comparing the results in the usual table. Important note: The db block size has been shrinked from 8K to 4K since I wished to compare the performance of a transactional workload having my DB block size identical to the filesystem blocksize. The cfq default values are (the yellow parameters are common to all the schedulers):  

slice_idle 8 How long a sync slice is allowed to idle
slice_async_rq 2 How many requests an async disk slice lasts
slice_async 40 How many msec an async disk slice lasts
slice_sync 100 How many msec a sync disk slice lasts
back_seek_penalty 2 penalty of a backwards seek
back_seek_max 16384 maximum backwards seek
fifo_expire_async 248 fifo timeout for async requests
fifo_expire_sync 124 fifo timeout for sync requests
queued 8 minimum request allocate limit per-queue
quantum 4 max number of requests moved in one round of service
max_sectors_kb 64 max transfer size allowed for this queue
max_hw_sectors_kb 64 Max transfer size that the driver and/or device can handle
read_ahead_kb 512 Size of read-ahead window
nr_requests 128 Maximum number of requests allowed in a queue

The tested configuration: 0. The baseline test with the deadline cheduler (and its default parameters). a. datafile with cfq and

echo 0 > /sys/block/sdb/queue/iosched/slice_idle  

b. The above configuration plus:

echo 64 > /sys/block/sdb/queue/iosched/max_depth  

c. configuration b with slice_idle at default:

echo 1 > /sys/block/sdb/queue/iosched/slice_idle

d. configuration a and b plus some more tuning on the queues:

echo 0 > /sys/block/sdb/queue/iosched/slice_idle echo 64 > /sys/block/sdb/queue/iosched/max_depth echo 32 > /sys/block/sdb/queue/iosched/queued echo 64 > /sys/block/sdb/queue/iosched/quantum  

e. redolog and datafiles with cfq tuned and queues at default:

echo 0 > /sys/block/sd[b,c]/queue/iosched/slice_idle echo 64 > /sys/block/sd[b,c]/queue/iosched/max_depth echo 8 > /sys/block/sd[b,c]/queue/iosched/queued echo 4 > /sys/block/sd[b,c]/queue/iosched/quantum

(queued and quantum are the default values). f. previous configuration with queues increased:

echo 0 > /sys/block/sd[b,c]/queue/iosched/slice_idle echo 64 > /sys/block/sd[b,c]/queue/iosched/max_depth echo 32 > /sys/block/sd[b,c]/queue/iosched/queued echo 64 > /sys/block/sd[b,c]/queue/iosched/quantum  

Results: For any scheduler you can see an AWR report following the below links:

    transaction per second log file sync % user calls physical reads physical writes test 0 53.34 .7 248.87 310.22 109.15 test a 37.41 .6 142.70 223.40 71.15 test b 52.60 .8 246.77 312.64 106.40 test c 31.51 .3 147.38 187.46 64.13 test d 52.26 .3 242.08 313.31 108.89 test e 53.24 .8 246.53 313.00 105.62 test f 52.05 .8 242.55 313.96 106.04

The cfq scheduler performs a lot better in any test with the specified parameters modified from their default values. However it seems the redologs gives better results if placed on a device with the deadline scheduler activated. Note: when the redologs are on cfq the “log file sync” is lower than when placed on deadline. The overall performance, instead, shows better reults in the first cases (with deadline). Looking at the tpm graph during the a and b tests shows that the transaction per minute in b is more constant (the values of the table are the mean values). The same can be seen in c and d. After the above test I decided to reset the whole system regenerating the TPC-C schema and rerunning all the tests I already performed to be sure the results are coherent plus several new trying to further tune cfq and deadline schedulers.  

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