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From "Ariel Weisberg (JIRA)" <>
Subject [jira] [Commented] (CASSANDRA-9946) use ioprio_set on compaction threads by default instead of manually throttling
Date Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:00:05 GMT


Ariel Weisberg commented on CASSANDRA-9946:

The IO scheduler is a per block device thing so it could also vary across devices. If you
wanted to know you could grab the setting from the filesystem (read /sys) and maybe then correlate
it with the mounted filesystem that contains the directory you are writing to. 

CFQ is not the most popular choice for databases. The standard recommendation is deadline
or no-op. Disk controllers and SSDs are doing their own scheduling so the only useful thing
the IO scheduler can do is balance reads and writes and maybe respect latency for reads. I
am out of my league here because I have never worked on a workload with a random read component
and that is where things get hard since unlike writes you can't buffer a random read they
are latency sensitive.

We definitely should have a recommendation for what IO scheduler people use and then do our
benchmarking based on that.

> use ioprio_set on compaction threads by default instead of manually throttling
> ------------------------------------------------------------------------------
>                 Key: CASSANDRA-9946
>                 URL:
>             Project: Cassandra
>          Issue Type: New Feature
>          Components: Core
>            Reporter: Jonathan Ellis
>            Assignee: Ariel Weisberg
>             Fix For: 3.x
> Compaction throttling works as designed, but it has two drawbacks:
> * it requires manual tuning to choose the "right" value for a given machine
> * it does not allow compaction to "burst" above its limit if there is additional i/o
capacity available while there are less application requests to serve
> Using ioprio_set instead solves both of these problems.

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