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Re: [Xen-users] Spectacularly disappointing disk throughput

On Fri, Feb 3, 2012 at 2:28 PM, Florian Heigl <florian.heigl@xxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> yes the PV disk and network drivers make the difference between heaven
> and hell for FreeBSD domUs.
> Do not bother with any more benchmarks until you have them working :)

> But yes, in general it's slower; I also kept using FreeNAS instead of
> Nexenta due to the smaller footprint and, my, I loved the clean UI,
> until they redid it for (as the log said "adding more round edges")

Hi Florian,

I believe that I've gotten the PV drivers working at least partly
correctly. The exact procedure I used for the kernel build is
documented here:

I dropped the new kernel in place of the old one in the FreeNAS
/boot/kernel directory, and use the same XEN guest configuration:

I see xen-related lingo as the system boots:

The network interface now appears as "xn0", and the disks have moved
around from ada* to ad* names.

Running the same 'dd' tests as before, I find that the boot device
(ad0/xbd0 virual block device noted by dmesg) has much improved
performance: 60MB/s, but the drives attached to the PCI-passthru SATA
controller remain exactly where they were: 0.5MB/s

It seems the the PV block driver hasn't noticed the disks attached to
the passed-through controller.

What do you think? Should I even expect the PV drivers to help in this
PCI passthrough scenario?

Thank you!

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