[sheepdog-users] Stability issues under high workload

Werner van der Walt werner at softselect.biz
Tue Apr 2 19:54:51 CEST 2013


I have been testing a couple of VMs (Kubuntu 12.04.2) while throwing an
additional load against them. These are KVM VMs running under Proxmox 2.3
(3 x nodes) and connecting to a remote SAN box (Ubuntu 12.04 server).
Proxmox is just running the sheepdog daemon, there is no local sheepdog
cluster configured. The nodes are connecting to a remote sheepdog cluster
running on the SAN box. Everything is using gig ethernet and a dedicated
VLAN set up for the Proxmox > SAN traffic. I am getting average throughput
of ~65MB/s from the Proxmox nodes to the SAN.
When running dd if=/dev/zero of=dd.raw count=10000000 in the VMs running
off the SAN box it creates a 5.1GB raw file in the VM itself and pushes up
the disc I/O to the SAN. It runs fine for a while but consistently crashes
(freezes) after a while (sometimes 2-3 minutes, sometimes about 8-10
minutes). When running lower disc I/O operations in the same VMs they can
run for hours without anything happening. When the VMs freeze you have to
force stop them and then restart them and all works okay again.
It looks like with the increased network I/O when dd is running it looses
connection to the backend VM and that's what freezes it. Once you stop and
restart it re-establishes the connection and works again the way it should.

Any ideas/suggestions on where to look to resolve the issue? Network, disc
and everything else has been looked at and it more than sufficient to
handle the requirements. Is there anything on the sheepdog side that can
maybe be tuned?




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