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Re: [linux-lvm] Testing the new LVM cache feature

On Thu, May 29 2014 at  4:47pm -0400,
Richard W.M. Jones <rjones redhat com> wrote:

> On Thu, May 29, 2014 at 04:34:10PM -0400, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> > Try using :
> > dmsetup message <cache device> 0 write_promote_adjustment 0
> > 
> > Documentation/device-mapper/cache-policies.txt says:
> > 
> > Internally the mq policy maintains a promotion threshold variable.  If
> > the hit count of a block not in the cache goes above this threshold it
> > gets promoted to the cache.  The read, write and discard promote adjustment
> > tunables allow you to tweak the promotion threshold by adding a small
> > value based on the io type.  They default to 4, 8 and 1 respectively.
> > If you're trying to quickly warm a new cache device you may wish to
> > reduce these to encourage promotion.  Remember to switch them back to
> > their defaults after the cache fills though.
> What would be bad about leaving write_promote_adjustment set at 0 or 1?
> Wouldn't that mean that I get a simple LRU policy?  (That's probably
> what I want.)

Leaving them at 0 could result in cache thrashing.  But given how large
your SSD is in relation to the origin you'd likely be OK for a while (at
least until your cache gets quite full).
> > Also, if you discard the entire cache device (e.g. using blkdiscard)
> > before use you could get a big win, especially if you use:
> > dmsetup message <cache device> 0 discard_promote_adjustment 0
> To be clear, that means I should do:
> lvcreate -L 1G -n lv_cache_meta vg_guests /dev/fast
> lvcreate -L 229G -n lv_cache vg_guests /dev/fast
> lvconvert --type cache-pool --poolmetadata vg_guests/lv_cache_meta vg_guests/lv_cache
> blkdiscard /dev/vg_guests/lv_cache
> lvconvert --type cache --cachepool vg_guests/lv_cache vg_guests/testoriginlv
> Or should I do the blkdiscard earlier?

You want to discard the cached device before you run fio against it.
I'm not completely sure what cache-pool vs cache is.  But it looks like
you'd want to run the discard against the /dev/vg_guests/testoriginlv
(assuming it was converted to use the 'cache' DM target, 'dmsetup table
vg_guests-testoriginlv' should confirm as much).

> [On the separate subject of volume groups ...]
> Is there a reason why fast and slow devices need to be in the same VG?
> I've talked to two other people who found this very confusing.  No one
> knew that you could manually place LVs into different PVs, and it's
> something of a pain to have to remember to place LVs every time you
> create or resize one.  It seems it would be a lot simpler if you could
> have the slow PVs in one VG and the fast PVs in another VG.

I cannot answer the lvm details.  Best to ask Jon Brassow or Zdenek
(hopefully they'll respond)

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