journal on an ssd

Ric Wheeler rwheeler at
Thu Sep 11 11:06:07 UTC 2008

Tobias Oetiker wrote:
> Hi Chris,
> Yesterday Chris Worley wrote:
>> Note that I do have one to experiment with.
>> What's a good way to measure journal performance, and/or in what cases do
>> you need a faster journal (i.e. an EXT3 atop an MD device with big block
>> stripes)?
>> Chris
> Well, the 'problem' we had to solve was the following:
> setup:
> - large HW raid6 array
> - lvm on top
> - many ext3 partitions
> when there was a lot of write or meta data update activity on one
> partition, performance on all other partitions went to 0.
> (processes hanging for 10-20 seconds as soon as they accessed the
> filesystem). I am sure that there is a bad-bad bug in the linux
> kernel somewhere which is causing this, but all the upgrading and
> patching did not help, the condition remained.
I assume that you have a hardware RAID card, not an external array? If 
you do have an array (IBM Shark, EMC box, etc) with battery backed 
internal cache, then you should get better than SSD speeds from one of 
its LUNs assuming your cache is large enough ;-)


> Until we moved the journals off to that external ssd.
> Now I can copy partition A over to partition B and the server
> remains nicely responsive. I am atributing that to the external
> journal.
> Obviously I would like to know how bad we are going to be had when
> the ssd dies.
> cheers
> tobi

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