Red Hat Bugzilla – Bug 444047
F9 iozone w/ direct I/O performing higher than the raw device
Last modified: 2009-03-10 08:39:57 EDT
Description of problem:
Running IOzone to an fedora RHEL5 or f9 guest, adding -I flag for directI/O give
3-4x the performance of the raw device.
Version-Release number of selected component (if applicable):
Steps to Reproduce:
1. copy iozone kit http://people.redhat.com/dshaks/.kits/iozone-3-233.i386.rpm
2. moutn a data disk in the guest (either file or phy based)
3. ./iozone -s 1g -r 64k -I -f /perf1
f9_base achieved 161 MB/sec
f9_fv in fv guest achieved 785 MB/sec
<= 161 MB/sec as it can't run faster than the raw device
Just to make it clear for everyone reading - the issue with the fact that FV is
outperforming baremetal is that it implies that writes aren't being flushed to
the host's disk before being acknowledged which, in turn, means the guests could
be corrupted when something goes wrong.
Changing version to '9' as part of upcoming Fedora 9 GA.
More information and reason for this action is here:
Core problem here is that libvirt is not setting the 'cache=off' flag to -drive argument when launching QEMU.
libvirt now has the ability to set the caching mode in the XML for a disk, as of 0.6.0 release. So going to close this bug now.