[stgt] [Iscsitarget-devel] [Scst-devel] ISCSI-SCST performance (withalso IET and STGT data)

Ross Walker rswwalker at gmail.com
Wed Apr 1 14:20:14 CEST 2009

On Apr 1, 2009, at 2:29 AM, Bart Van Assche <bart.vanassche at gmail.com>  

> On Tue, Mar 31, 2009 at 8:43 PM, Ross S. W. Walker
> <RWalker at medallion.com> wrote:
>> IET just needs to fix how it does it workload with CFQ which
>> somehow SCST has overcome. Of course SCST tweaks the Linux kernel to
>> gain some extra speed.
> I'm not familiar with the implementation details of CFQ, but I know
> that one of the changes between SCST 1.0.0 and SCST 1.0.1 is that the
> default number of kernel threads of the scst_vdisk kernel module has
> been increased to 5. Could this explain the performance difference
> between SCST and IET for FILEIO and BLOCKIO ?

Thank for the update. IET has used 8 threads per target for ages now,  
I don't think it is that.

It may be how the I/O threads are forked in SCST that causes them to  
be in the same I/O context with each other.

I'm pretty sure implementing a version of the patch that was used for  
the dump command (found on the LKML) will fix this.

But thanks goes to Vlad for pointing this dificiency out so we can fix  
it to help make IET even better.


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