storage service times

From: Dan Norris <>
Date: Thu, 3 Jan 2008 09:51:23 -0800 (PST)
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I'm looking over a system that has what I believe to be a much-larger-than-average service time for read and write I/O.

Solaris SPARC
Hitachi (branded Sun 9990) storage array via 2xFC HBAs 8x 12 Gb storage array LUNs striped 256k stripe width using VxVM on the host = about 90Gb volumes

Given that (somewhat incomplete) footprint, what are your first "knee-jerk" reactions to these times for a 1-hour statspack report interval:

                 Av      Av     Av                    Av        Buffer Av Buf
         Reads Reads/s Rd(ms) Blks/Rd       Writes Writes/s      Waits Wt(ms)

-------------- ------- ------ ------- ------------ -------- ---------- ------
       397,958 111 8.3 1.0 79,676 22 4,114 4.8 IDX1
       410,619 114 9.2 1.0 8,695 2 161,789 7.1 IDX2
       159,094 44 8.3 1.0 137,040 38 31 5.2

These are rolled up to the tablespace level and I'm particularly interested in comparing with other people's Av Rd(ms) (the 3rd col) and Av Wt(ms) (the last col). I'll go gut feeling, based on past experiences elsewhere, is that 6+ ms seems about 50-100% higher than I expected to see.

I know I'm getting service times from Oracle without offering any info on what the OS or Vol Mgr say about the service times viewed from those points of view, but the service time in the DB is the only metric that matters at this point. I'll dig in to the other layers as necessary when I start debugging. I'm looking for your opinion to see if this is a problem or if I just set my expectations too high. :-)


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