Re: [TuxOnIce-devel] [RFC] TuxOnIce

From: Nigel Cunningham
Date: Tue May 26 2009 - 20:04:27 EST


On Wed, 2009-05-27 at 00:37 +0200, Rafael J. Wysocki wrote:
> Well, first, our multithreaded I/O is probably not the same thing as you think
> of, because we have an option to use multiple user space threads that process
> image data (compress, encrypt and feed them to the kernel).

Well, I'm using multiple kernel threads, so it's probably not that
different, but okay.

> Now, we found that it only improves performance substantially if both
> compression and encryption are used.
> As far as the numbers are concerned, I don't have the raw hdparm numbers
> handy, but image writing speed with compression alone usually is in the
> 60 MB/s - 100 MB/s range, sometimes more than 100 MB/s, but that really depends
> on the system. If encryption is added, it drops substantially and multiple
> threads allow us to restore the previous performance (not 100%, but close
> enough to be worth the additional complexity IMO).

Okay. That's still a significant improvement over 20 or 30 MB/s. It
depends, of course, also on the compression ratio that's achieved.

> Still, one should always take the total length of hibernate-resume cycle into
> accout and the image writing/reading time need not be the greatest part of it.

Yes, the total time is what matters. I'm focussing on the I/O speed
because - especially with larger images - it tends to be the biggest



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