[linux-lvm] Poor performance with LVM 1.0.7

Henric Andersson ha at thedudes.nu
Tue Aug 26 12:47:01 UTC 2003

Hi all!

I've recently upgraded my poor little fileserver from an old P120 Classic to
a brandspanking new Celeron 2Ghz with 512MB DDR memory. By doing this, I
expected the performance of my fileserver to increase, giving me a total of
9,5MB/s when using samba.

And it did. But not when LVM is concerned :(

I have a VG setup with 3 drives (120GB each, not striped) which contains one
LV running an ext3 filesystem.
At first, I blamed my promise controllers (PDC 20269, ATA/133) but after
some serious testing, I found that whenever I didn't access files that was
stored on the LV, my speed was about 9.5MB/s, but when I transfered the same
file from the LV, I only got about half of it (4.2MB/s). The file I
transfered was roughly about 700-800MB big (same file used in all tests).

After scouring the net for suggestions on how to improve the speed, I came
up empty, and thus, I'm writing this email :)

Some more facts (more available if needed ;)) about the server:

All drives are tuned with 32bit transfers and DMA enabled. I'm running
kernel 2.4.22pre2 (gentoo).
CPU usage is low (around 10-25%) when transfering files, so it does not seem
to be the bottleneck.

Any suggestions and/or ideas are welcomed...


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