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Date:	Sun, 5 Nov 2006 13:15:23 +0100
From:	Jens Axboe <>
To:	Brent Baccala <>
Subject: Re: async I/O seems to be blocking on 2.6.15

On Fri, Nov 03 2006, Brent Baccala wrote:
> On Fri, 3 Nov 2006, Jens Axboe wrote:
> >Try to time it (visual output of the app is not very telling, and it's
> >buffered) and then apply some profiling.
> OK, a little more info.  I added gettimeofday() calls after each call
> to io_submit(), put the timevals in an array, and after everything was
> done computed the difference between each timeval and the program start
> time, as well as the deltas.  I got this:
> 0: 0.080s
> 1: 0.086s  0.006s
> 2: 0.102s  0.016s
> 3: 0.111s  0.008s
> 4: 0.118s  0.007s
> 5: 0.134s  0.015s
> 6: 0.141s  0.006s
> 7: 0.148s  0.006s
> 8: 0.158s  0.009s
> 9: 0.164s  0.006s
> ...
> 96: 1.036s  0.007s
> 97: 1.044s  0.007s
> 98: 1.147s  0.102s
> 99: 1.155s  0.008s
> 98 appears to be an aberration.  Perhaps three of the times on an
> average run are around a tenth of a second; all of the others are
> pretty steady at 7 or 8 microseconds.  So, it's basically linear in
> its time consumption.
> Does 7 microseconds seem a bit excessive for an io_submit (and a
> gettimeofday)?

I guess you mean miliseconds, not microseconds. 7 miliseconds seems way
too long. I repeated your test here, and the 100 submits take 97000
microseconds here - or 97 miliseconds. So that's a little less than 1
msec per io_submit. Still pretty big. You can experiment with oprofile
to profile where the kernel spends its time in that period.

Jens Axboe

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