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Obtaining performance data

VxVM provides two types of performance information: I/O statistics and I/O traces. Each of these can help in performance monitoring. You can obtain I/O statistics using the vxstat command, and I/O traces using the vxtrace command. A brief discussion of each of these utilities may be found in the following sections.

Tracing volume operations

Use the vxtrace command to trace operations on specified volumes, kernel I/O object types or devices. The vxtrace command either prints kernel I/O errors or I/O trace records to the standard output or writes the records to a file in binary format. Binary trace records written to a file can also be read back and formatted by vxtrace.

If you do not specify any operands, vxtrace reports either all error trace data or all I/O trace data on all virtual disk devices. With error trace data, you can select all accumulated error trace data, wait for new error trace data, or both of these (this is the default action). Selection can be limited to a specific disk group, to specific VxVM kernel I/O object types, or to particular named objects or devices.

See the vxtrace(1M) manual page.

Printing volume statistics

Use the vxstat command to access information about activity on volumes, plexes, subdisks, and disks under VxVM control, and to print summary statistics to the standard output. These statistics represent VxVM activity from the time the system initially booted or from the last time the counters were reset to zero. If no VxVM object name is specified, statistics from all volumes in the configuration database are reported.

VxVM records the following I/O statistics:

These statistics are recorded for logical I/O including reads, writes, atomic copies, verified reads, verified writes, plex reads, and plex writes for each volume. As a result, one write to a two-plex volume results in at least five operations: one for each plex, one for each subdisk, and one for the volume. Also, one read that spans two subdisks shows at least four reads—one read for each subdisk, one for the plex, and one for the volume.

VxVM also maintains other statistical data. For each plex, it records read and write failures. For volumes, it records corrected read and write failures in addition to read and write failures.

To reset the statistics information to zero, use the -r option. This can be done for all objects or for only those objects that are specified. Resetting just prior to an operation makes it possible to measure the impact of that particular operation.

The following is an example of output produced using the vxstat command:



vol blop 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0

vol foobarvol 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0

vol rootvol 73017 181735 718528 1114227 26.8 27.9

vol swapvol 13197 20252 105569 162009 25.8 397.0

vol testvol 0 0 0 0 0.0 0.0

Additional volume statistics are available for RAID-5 configurations.

See the vxstat(1M) manual page.