[linux-lvm] cache on SSD makes system unresponsive
olegc at broadpark.no
Thu Oct 19 10:05:45 UTC 2017
Recently I have decided to try out LVM cache feature on one of our Dell
NX3100 servers running CentOS 7.4.1708 with 110Tb disk array (hardware
RAID5 with H710 and H830 Dell adapters). Two SSD disks each 256Gb are
in hardware RAID1 using H710 adapter with primary and extended
partitions so I decided to make ~240Gb LVM cache to see if system I/O
may be improved. The server is running Bareos storage daemon and beside
sshd and Dell OpenManage monitoring does not have any other services.
Unfortunately testing went not as I expected nonetheless at the end
system is up and running with no data corrupted.
Initially I have tried the default writethrough mode and after running
dd reading test with 250Gb file got system unresponsive for roughly
15min with cache allocation around 50%. Writing to disks it seems speed
up the system however marginally, so around 10% on my tests and I did
manage to pull more than 32Tb via backup from different hosts and once
system became unresponsive to ssh and icmp requests however for a very
I though it may be something with cache mode so switched to writeback
via lvconvert and run dd reading test again with 250Gb file however that
time everything went completely unexpected. System started to slow
responding for simple user interactions like list files and run top. And
then became completely unresponsive for about half an hours. Switching
to main console via iLO I saw a lot of OOM messages and kernel tried to
survive therefore randomly killed almost all processes. Eventually I
did manage to reboot and immediately uncached the array.
My question is about very strange behavior of LVM cache. Well, I may
expect no performance boost or even I/O degradation however I do not
expect run out of memory and than OOM kicks in. That server has only
12Gb RAM however it does run only sshd, bareos SD daemon and OpenManange
java based monitoring system so no RAM problems were notices for last
few years running with our LVM cache.
Any ideas what may be wrong? I have second NX3200 server with similar
hardware setup and it would be switch to FreeBSD 11.1 with ZFS very time
soon however I may try to install CentOS 7.4 first and see if the
problem may be reproduced.
LVM2 installed is version lvm2-2.02.171-8.el7.x86_64.
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