PSA: Long Standing Debian/Ubuntu build performance issue (fixed, backports in progress)

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Hi Folks,

Recently we discovered a flaw in how the upstream Ubuntu and Debian builds of Ceph compile RocksDB. It causes a variety of performance issues including slower than expected write performance, 3X longer compaction times, and significantly higher than expected CPU utilization when RocksDB is heavily utilized. The issue has now been fixed in main. Igor Fedotov, however, observed during the performance meeting today that there were no backports for the fix in place. He also rightly pointed out that it would be helpful to make an announcement about the issue given the severity for the affected users. I wanted to give a bit more background and make sure people are aware and understand what's going on.

1) Who's affected?

Anyone running an upstream Ubuntu/Debian build of Ceph from the last several years. External builds from Canonical and Gentoo suffered from this issue as well, but were fixed independently.

2) How can you check?

There's no easy way to tell at the moment. We are investigating if running "strings" on the OSD executable may provide a clue. For now, assume that if you are using our Debian/Ubuntu builds in a non-container configuration you are affected. Proxmox for instance was affected prior to adopting the fix.

3) Are Cephadm deployments affected?

Not as far as we know. Ceph container builds are compiled slightly differently from stand-alone Debian builds. They do not appear to suffer from the bug.

4) What versions of Ceph will get the fix?

Casey Bodley kindly offered to backport the fix to both Reef and Quincy. He also verified that the fix builds properly with Pacific. We now have 3 separate backport PRs for the releases here:

Please feel free to reply if you have any questions!


Best Regards,
Mark Nelson
Head of Research and Development

Clyso GmbH
p: +49 89 21552391 12 | a: Minnesota, USA
w: | e: mark.nelson@xxxxxxxxx

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