[ceph-users] CephFS and page cache

Yan, Zheng ukernel at gmail.com
Mon Oct 26 05:43:27 PDT 2015

On Thu, Oct 22, 2015 at 2:55 PM, Burkhard Linke
<Burkhard.Linke at computational.bio.uni-giessen.de> wrote:
> Hi,
> On 10/22/2015 02:54 AM, Gregory Farnum wrote:
>> On Sun, Oct 18, 2015 at 8:27 PM, Yan, Zheng <ukernel at gmail.com> wrote:
>>> On Sat, Oct 17, 2015 at 1:42 AM, Burkhard Linke
>>> <Burkhard.Linke at computational.bio.uni-giessen.de> wrote:
>>>> Hi,
>>>> I've noticed that CephFS (both ceph-fuse and kernel client in version
>>>> 4.2.3)
>>>> remove files from page cache as soon as they are not in use by a process
>>>> anymore.
>>>> Is this intended behaviour? We use CephFS as a replacement for NFS in
>>>> our
>>>> HPC cluster. It should serve large files which are read by multiple jobs
>>>> on
>>>> multiple hosts, so keeping them in the page cache over the duration of
>>>> several job invocations is crucial.
>>> Yes. MDS needs resource to track the cached data. We don't want MDS
>>> use too much resource.
>> So if I'm reading things right, the code to drop the page cache for
>> ceph-fuse was added in https://github.com/ceph/ceph/pull/1594
>> (specifically 82015e409d09701a7048848f1d4379e51dd00892). I don't think
>> it's actually needed for the cap trimming stuff or to prevent MDS
>> cache pressure and it's actually not clear to me why it was added here
>> anyway. But you do say the PR as a whole fixed a lot of bugs. Do you
>> know if the page cache clearing was for any bugs in particular, Zheng?
>> In general I think proactively clearing the page cache is something we
>> really only want to do as part of our consistency and cap handling
>> story, and file closes don't really play into that. I've pushed a
>> TOTALLY UNTESTED (NOT EVEN COMPILED) branch client-pagecache-norevoke
>> based on master to the gitbuilders. If it does succeed in building you
>> should be able to download it and you can use it for testing, or
>> cherry-pick the top commit out of git and build your own packages.
>> Then set the (new to this branch) client_preserve_pagecache config
>> option to true (default: false) and it should avoid flushing the page
>> cache.
> Thanks a lot for having a closer look at this. I'm currently preparing the
> deployment of 0.94.4 (or 0.94.5 due to rbd bug), and need to add some
> patches to ceph-fuse for correct permission handling. I'll cherry-pick the
> changes of that branch and test the package.

I have wrote patches for both kernel and fuse clients. they are under testing


> Regards,
> Burkhard
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