[Lustre-discuss] un-even distribution of data over OSTs
gas5x at yahoo.com
Thu Mar 8 10:10:30 PST 2012
Thank you for the reply!
For us, the case seems to be different; most of the clusters' users run a set of few codes that we know of, and can monitor run-away processes.
What I did I just went chasing the users that use a lot of disk space, even though none of them had terabyte files. After they cleaned their directories, the occupation went back to normal. Which probably would mean that there were not such objects that cannot be helped by simple delete.
But it is nonetheless useful for me to know of the possibility of such cases, and how to diagnoze them. Thanks!
--- On Wed, 3/7/12, Roland Laifer <roland.laifer at kit.edu> wrote:
> From: Roland Laifer <roland.laifer at kit.edu>
> Subject: Re: [Lustre-discuss] un-even distribution of data over OSTs
> To: "Grigory Shamov" <gas5x at yahoo.com>
> Cc: lustre-discuss at lists.Lustre.org
> Date: Wednesday, March 7, 2012, 8:33 AM
> I recently had a similar problem: Very bad OST space
> occupation but I could not
> find a corresponding very large file.
> Finally I found a process with parent 1 that was still
> appending data to a
> file which was already deleted by the user, i.e. this was
> the reason why
> I could not find a corresponding large file with "find".
> I found that process because the corresponding client was
> "The ost_write operation failed with -28" LustreError
> messages and because
> I was lucky that only few user processes were running on
> that client.
> The owner of that process had Lustre quotas of 1.5 TB but
> "du -hs" on his
> home directory only showed 80 GB. After killing the process
> Lustre quotas
> went down and "lfs df" showed that OST usage was going down,
> On Wed, Mar 07, 2012 at 07:41:28AM -0800, Grigory Shamov
> > Dear Lustre-Users,
> > Recently we had an issue with file data distribution
> over our Lustre OSTs. We have a Lustre storage cluster here,
> of two OSS servers in active-active failover mode. The
> version of luster is 1.8, possibly with DDN patches.
> > The cluster has 12 OSTs, 7.3Tb each. Normally, they are
> occupied to about 60% of the space (4.5Tb or so); but
> recently, one of them got completely filled (99%) with two
> other also keeping up (80%). The rest of OSTs stayed at the
> usual 60%.
> > Why would that happen, shouldn't' Lustre try to
> distribute the space evenly? I have checked the filled OSTs
> for large files; there were no files that can be called
> large enough to explain the difference (with size of the
> order of magnitude of the difference between 99% and 60%
> occupation, i.e. 2-3Tb); some users did have large
> directories, but the files were of about 5-10Gb size.
> > I have checked our Lustre parameters, the qos_prio_free
> seems to be default 90%, qos_threshold_rr is 16%, and stripe
> count is 1.
> > Could you please suggest what might have caused such
> behavior of Lustre, are there any tunables/better values of
> tresholds, etc. to change to avoid such imbalances, etc.?
> > Thank you very much in advance!
> > --
> > Grigory Shamov
> > HPC Analyst,
> > University of Manitoba
> > Winnipeg MB Canada
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