On 2016-10-14 02:28, Stefan Priebe - Profihost AG wrote:
Hello list,

while running the same workload on two machines (single xeon and a dual
xeon) both with 64GB RAM.

I need to run echo 3 >/proc/sys/vm/drop_caches every 15-30 minutes to
keep the speed as good as on the non numa system. I'm not sure whether
this is related to numa.

Is there any sysctl parameter to tune?

Tested with vanilla v4.8.1
This may sound odd, but does echoing 1 or 2 to /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches help at all, or is it just 3? The value itself is actually a bit-field with just two bits defined. 1 just drops the page-cache, while 2 just drops freeable SLAB objects, and 3 drops both. The thing is, both have an impact when dealing with filesystems (page-cache contains cached file contents, while freeable SLAB objects includes cached dentries and inodes), so knowing whether one or the other or only both is what's helping things can help diagnose this further.

Regardless of that, you might try adjusting vm.vfs_cache_pressure. Increasing that will make the page-cache reclaim more aggressive, while decreasing it will make it less aggressive. It defaults to 100, and I wouldn't suggest setting it below 50 or above about 150. Keep in mind that increasing that will mean you're likely to put more load on the storage devices.

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