[sheepdog-users] object cache questions

Andrew J. Hobbs ajhobbs at desu.edu
Mon Feb 3 15:29:54 CET 2014


noatime automatically implies nodiratime.  I'm curious as to what else 
might be going on.  Are you running the cache on the same drive as the 
sheepdog store?  Also, updating to Qemu 1.7 will support the automatic 
reconnect so your VMs don't spontaneously die.

Our production cluster uses ext4 with noatime, user_xattr on 0.7.6 with 
Qemu 1.7.  I only run object cache on machines with a SSD (3 of the 6 
nodes), and separate from sheepdog data disk. Performance is very good.  
I have a dedicated virtual machine for user home directories over nfs, 
which hits 50MB/s write, 80MB/s read over gigabit interconnects.

What I definitely recommend is do not use btrfs with sheepdog, the IO 
ops per second fall through the floor while writing data.  I'd look to 
other potential issues as to why you have nodes dropping out.

On 02/01/2014 03:09 PM, Maxim Terletskiy wrote:
> Hi everybody!
> First of all I'd like to share my experience in object cache usage. 
> Noticed that with object cache on ext4 volume mounted with 
> "noatime,nodiratime,user_xattr" mount options my VMs dying in short 
> time after start(qemu processes crashing with segfaults). I spent some 
> days reading wiki, searching net and rebuilding qemu in attempts to 
> understand the reason before found that "nodiratime" is root of the 
> evil. Now using ext4 with "noatime,user_xattr" and looks like 
> everything is ok. Hope this information would be usefull for somebody.
> Now I'm curious about object cache failover. What happen if volume 
> with cache will fail? Will sheep and VMs live or will they die?
> If they will live is there any way to replace failed volume without 
> restarting sheep process (I found that with restart of sheep process 
> VMs connected to it dying) or migrating VMs to other host?
> Is there any difference in behavior in this cases between 0.7.6 and 
> 0.8.0?
> P.S.: Using sheep version 0.7.6 and qemu 1.6.x.

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