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vol0 with many write IOPS

alexander_bahia
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Hi,

Somebody knows what causes the many write IOPS on volume vol0 ?

I see ~1500 - 2000 IOPS on volume vol0 interleaved by one hour every day.

There is none snap scheduled at this time, nor snapmirror.

Storage: FAS3170

Ontap: 7.3.1.1

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pascalduk
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I assume that the peaks are write ops. If that is the case then I think this could be caused by ontap writing the hourly performance statistics to the /etc/log/cm_stats_hourly file. I see an hourly write peak on all the root volumes.

Still, 1500 ops is huge for just writing performance statistics data, but it is the only hourly action I can think of.

alexander_bahia
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Thanks Dukers,

I thought like that, too. But, I did not imagined so many IOPS on a single file 16MB size.

Sometimes, these peaks are doing high latency in all volumes on storage. So, I'm trying to move some LUNs to another controller.

regards,

stevedegroat
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I currently have an open case on this.  My 6240 controllers are seeing higher Read/Write/Other operations than the production VMware and Oracle volumes.  We're looking at the ACP options and possibly disabling that. 

colin_graham
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Steve.

Have you had any success with this? - we are seeing the same issue on a 6210 cluster - vol0 has upwards of 1000 iops at times and is consistently either the top vol, or in the top5. Considering our vol0's are alone on a 3 disk aggr. this isnt possible.

stevedegroat
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My open case has resulted in us checking into turning off the ACP (options acp.enabled off).  I am going to do that later today on a 6280 cluster hosting my TSM db/logs/storage pools.  I'll watch the IOPs via Performance Adviser and post my findings here.

My /vol0 is also just three disks. 

stevedegroat
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After disabling ACP on a 6280 /vol0

colin_graham
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Cheers for posting.

Are Netapp saying its a bug? - are you going to leave it disabled?

Thanks

Col G

stevedegroat
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Unknown at this time.  Support hasn't said it is a Bug; disabling ACP was a test to see if the IO would in fact drop.  Technically there shouldn't be any impact to leaving it disabled (that I have been able to find so far). 

colin_graham
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Ive seen a few other reports of the same issue.

Does it have any further implications rather than just messing up performance graphs?

Personally im not too fussed about disabling it, but im not sure those above would see it the same way unless theres a specific bug attached to it.

stevedegroat
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After setting acp.enabled to "off" on three 6200 clusters I have recorded a significant drop in /vol0 IO across all six controllers.  I have also noticed a "leveling" of the overall CPU.  So far Support has not found any reason not to re-enable ACP (long term issues, etc.).  I have had a 3160 running  with no issues for almost 2 years without the ACP connected.  I have one more system, primary VMware/NFS/iSCSI 6240 array which promoted my quest for a solution to the high IO, left to do (scheduled for Sunday morning). 

colin_graham
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Thanks for the update... ill set the ball rolling on disabling ours then.

ckyle
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NetApp has a bug that might be similar to your issue.  Bug ID is 526941, but the url is http://support.netapp.com/NOW/cgi-bin/bol?Type=Detail&Display=526941.  

Another option that might work is to disable the auto firmware update check.   The command to do that is "options acp.fwAutoUpdateEnabled  off"  This gives you the benefit of having ACP, while potentially fixing this bug.

stevedegroat
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Yep, my Support case just came back with that Bug.  I'll try applying that to the machines where I have already disabled ACP, then re-enable ACP to see if it keeps the IO down.

Remove checksum firmware files from "/mroot/etc/acpp_fw". Specifically removing

following files will avoid this issue:

* ACP-IOM3.xxxx.AFW.FVF

* ACP-IOM6.xxxx.AFW.FVF

  where; "xxxx" is the firmware file version.

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