[linux-lvm] Poor performance with LVM 1.0.7

Herbert Pötzl herbert at 13thfloor.at
Wed Aug 27 07:00:01 UTC 2003

On Tue, Aug 26, 2003 at 07:45:54PM +0200, Henric Andersson wrote:
> 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).

check the raw performance of one drive involved
with hdparm -tT ...

> 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).

just for the fun of doing it, compile vanilla
2.4.22 and give it a try ... you could also add
the following lvm patch ...

> 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...

was the performance you had on your old box higher?
or did you just expect an increase in speed, which didn't


> /Henric
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