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> On Sun, Feb 23, 2014 at 4:27 AM, Ayal Baron <aba...@redhat.com> wrote:
> >
> >
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> > > I'm looking for some opinions on this configuration in an effort to
> > increase
> > > write performance:
> > >
> > > 3 storage nodes using glusterfs in replica 3, quorum.
> >
> > gluster doesn't support replica 3 yet, so I'm not sure how heavily I'd
> > rely on this.
> >
> Glusterfs or RHSS doesn't support rep 3? How could I create a quorum
> without 3+ hosts?

glusterfs has the capability but it hasn't been widely tested with oVirt yet 
and we've already found a couple of issues there.
afaiu gluster has the ability to define a tie breaker (a third node which is 
part of the quorum but does not provide a third replica of the data).

> >
> > > Ovirt storage domain via NFS
> >
> > why NFS and not gluster?
> >
> Gluster via posix SD doesn't have any performance gains over NFS, maybe the
> opposite.

gluster via posix is mounting it using the gluster fuse client which should 
provide better performance + availability than NFS.

> Gluster 'native' SD's are broken on EL6.5 so I have been unable to test
> performance. I have heard performance can be upwards of 3x NFS for raw
> write.

Broken how?

> Gluster doesn't have an async write option, so its doubtful it will ever be
> close to NFS async speeds.t
> >
> > > Volume set nfs.trusted-sync on
> > > On Ovirt, taking snapshots often enough to recover from a storage crash
> >
> > Note that this would have negative write performance impact
> >
> The difference between NFS sync (<50MB/s) and async (>300MB/s on 10g) write
> speeds should more than compensate for the performance hit of taking
> snapshots more often. And that's just raw speed. If we take into
> consideration IOPS (guest small writes) async is leaps and bounds ahead.

I would test this, since qemu is already doing async I/O (using threads when 
native AIO is not supported) and oVirt runs it with cache=none (direct I/O) so 
sync ops should not happen that often (depends on guest).  You may be still 
enjoying performance boost, but I've seen UPS systems fail before bringing down 
multiple nodes at once.
In addition, if you do not guarantee your data is safe when you create a 
snapshot (and it doesn't seem like you are) then I see no reason to think your 
snapshots are any better off than latest state on disk.

> If we assume the site has backup UPS and generator power and we can build a
> highly available storage system with 3 nodes in quorum, are there any
> potential issues other than a write performance hit?
> The issue I thought might be most prevalent is if an ovirt host goes down
> and the VM's are automatically brought back up on another host, they could
> incur disk corruption and need to be brought back down and restored to the
> last snapshot state. This basically means the HA feature should be disabled.

I'm not sure I understand what your concern is here, what would cause the data 
corruption? if your node crashed then there is no I/O in flight.  So starting 
up the VM should be perfectly safe.

> Even worse, if the gluster node with CTDB NFS IP goes down, it may not have
> written out and replicated to its peers.  <-- I think I may have just
> answered my own question.

If 'trusted-sync' means that the CTDB NFS node acks the I/O before it reached 
quorum then I'd say that's a gluster bug.  It should ack the I/O before data 
hits the disc, but it should not ack it before it has quorum.
However, the configuration we feel comfortable using gluster is with both 
server and client quorum (gluster has 2 different configs and you need to 
configure both to work safely).

> Thanks,
> Steve
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