[linux-lvm] advice for curing terrible snapshot performance?

chris (fool) mccraw gently at gmail.com
Mon Nov 15 17:52:11 UTC 2010

On Fri, Nov 12, 2010 at 16:58, Stuart D Gathman <stuart at bmsi.com> wrote:
> On 11/12/2010 07:17 PM, chris (fool) mccraw wrote:
>> still curious about Zumastor--does anyone use this in production?
> Zumastor would not speed up a single snapshot.  It solves the problem of
> supporting multiple (as in lots of) snapsnots with the same performance
> as a single snapshot (so that taking a snap every 5mins becomes
> practical).

I realize this.  like i said, we can probably eat the performance hit
for a single snapshot, but more than one is just not workable so far.

But I still haven't heard back from anyone who finds it production
ready, so it is strting to feel entirely academic.

> BTW, rewriting that 1G file would be normal speed, since
> the modified chunks have already been copied to the snapshot.

i'd think that, and you'd think that, but it is not the case.  most of
my tests were done by rewriting the file 4x, and while the snap %used
(monitored with the 'lvs' command) doesn't keep going up, performance
stays the same.

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