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SubjectRe: Injecting delays into block layer
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> Il giorno 21 nov 2019, alle ore 09:00, Paolo Valente <paolo.valente@linaro.org> ha scritto:
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>> Il giorno 21 nov 2019, alle ore 08:13, Oleksandr Natalenko <oleksandr@natalenko.name> ha scritto:
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>> Hi Paolo et al.
>>
>
> Hi
>
>> I have a strong suspect that something is going wrong when the underlying block device responds with a large delay. What makes me thinking so is that I use a VM on some cloud provider, and they have substantial block device latency resulting in permanently high (~20%) iowait. It spikes occasionally when their cluster is overloaded, and when that happens, the I/O in my VM may stop and never recover. This is a rare occasion, but it really happens.
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>> What's worse, so far I've seen such a behaviour with BFQ only. I'm still testing other schedulers though.
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>> Important note: I have no strict evidences that this is *the* case, thus I'm asking for some suggestions. My idea is to fire up a local VM and inject delays to a block device while performing some I/O from within the VM.
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>> So the question is: how can those delays be injected? Using dm-delay? Can those delays be random?
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> So far I have used scsi_debug [1] for this kind of tests. In my S
> suite [2], it boils down to setting SCSI_DEBUG=yes in the S config
> file, and then launching any of the benchmarks. Unfortunately, AFAIK
> scsi_debug gives you only constant delays; but you can emulate delay
> spikes very easily, by changing the delay parameter manually during
> the test.
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> If this option sounds reasonable to you, then I'm willing to help you
> for every step.
>

Hi Oleksandr,
Simone (in CC) and I have worked a little bit on reproducing the I/O
freeze you report. Simone made a small change in SCSI_debug, which
makes the latter serve I/O with a highly varying random delay (100ms -
1s), about twice a second.

Then, to generate some fluctuating and heavy I/O, he ran the
comm_startup_lat.sh script of my S suite with SCSI_debug a few times.
Unfortunately, he didn't succeed in reproducing the problem. If you
want, we can send you a patch with his change for SCSI_debug.

Any news on your side?

Thanks,
Simone

> Thanks,
> Paolo
>
> [1] http://sg.danny.cz/sg/sdebug26.html
> [2] https://github.com/Algodev-github/S
>
>> Thanks in advance.
>>
>> --
>> Oleksandr Natalenko (post-factum)

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