[linux-lvm] performance problems

Andreas Dilger adilger at turbolabs.com
Mon Jun 5 16:58:26 UTC 2000

Chris writes:
> We are using LVM on a (hardware) RAID array and are
> having some performance problems.  File copying is
> very slow and one of the guys using it reported that
> untarring was very sluggish, and he got I/O errors. 
> Is this a known problem?  I believe we are using 0.8i
> and we are using 2.2.13 kernel.  Any help would be
> greatly appreciated.

Have you been using LVM without problem before, or is this a brand new

If the speed problem is new (i.e. LVM has been installed and working
well for a while), it may well be that you have a disk problem, and the
RAID array is slow because it needs to do extra parity calculations for
all I/O.  Getting I/O errors is a bad sign, as LVM doesn't know anything
about hardware RAID, it only knows there is a big disk beneath it.

If it is a new LVM installation, it may be that you want to check the
RAID stripe size/PE size/ext2 RAID stride are all set to reasonable
multiples of each other for maximum performance.

Cheers, Andreas
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