File:LUG2019-LFSCK Performance Study-Dong.pdf
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Lustre, as one of the most popular parallel file systems in high-performance computing (HPC), provides POSIX interface and maintains a large set of POSIX-related metadata, which could be corrupted due to hardware failures, software bugs, configuration errors, etc. The Lustre file system checker (LFSCK) is the remedy tool to detect metadata inconsistencies and to restore a corrupted Lustre to a valid state, hence is critical for reliable HPC.
Unfortunately, in practice, LFSCK runs slow in large deployment, making system administrators reluctant to use it as a routine maintenance tool. Given the fact that HPC is rapidly marching to Exascale and much larger Lustre file systems are being deployed, it is critical to understand the performance of LFSCK.
In this research, we study the performance of LFSCK to identify its bottlenecks and analyze its performance potentials. Specifically, we design an aging method based on real-world HPC workloads to age Lustre to representative states, and then systematically evaluate and analyze how LFSCK runs on such an aged Lustre via monitoring the utilization of various resources. From our experiments, we find out that the design and implementation of LFSCK is sub-optimal. It consists of scalability bottleneck on the metadata server (MDS), relatively high fan-out ratio in network utilization, and unnecessary blocking among multiple internal components. Based on these observations, we will discuss potential optimization and present some preliminary results.
The presentation will include a quick introduction of Lustre file system checker implementation, a detailed description of our performance evaluation methodology and results, and a discussion about the potential LFSCK performance optimizations with preliminary results. The goal of this presentation is to draw the community’s attention to the performance problem of LFSCK and discuss the potential optimizations to solve such issues.
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