Re: Unexpected slow block device write IO performance compared to uncached, unsynced direct IO using stock kernels

From: Dick Streefland
Date: Wed Sep 02 2015 - 10:12:30 EST

On Tuesday 2015-09-01 11:15, Dick Streefland wrote:
| I'm seeing this as well here on a number of new Dell Optiplex 7020
| machines and one older Optiplex 780, all with 8GB RAM and running
| Ubuntu 14.04 in 32-bit mode.

It turned out that the dirty thresholds in /proc/vmstat became zero:

nr_dirty_threshold 0
nr_dirty_background_threshold 0

A workaround is:

# sysctl vm.highmem_is_dirtyable=1

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