Lowering Ceph scrub I/O priority


The disk I/O of a Ceph OSD thread scrubbing is the same as all other threads by default. It can be lowered with ioprio options for all OSDs with:

ceph tell osd.* injectargs '--osd_disk_thread_ioprio_priority 7' ceph tell osd.* injectargs '--osd_disk_thread_ioprio_class idle'

All other threads in the OSD will be be (best effort) with priority 4 which is the default for daemons. The disk thread will show as idle:

$ sudo iotop --batch --iter 1 | grep 'ceph-osd -i 0' | grep -v be/4 4156 idle loic 0.00 B/s 0.00 B/s 0.00 % 0.00 % ./ceph-osd -i 0 ..

The change will only be effective if the scheduler is cfq (it can safely be modified at runtime)

# cat /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler noop [deadline] cfq

echo cfq > /sys/block/sda/queue/scheduler

To display the current value for a given OSD the following can be run from the host on which it is running (because it uses the asok file found in /var/run/ceph):

$ ceph daemon osd.0 config get osd_disk_thread_ioprio_class { "osd_disk_thread_ioprio_class": "idle"} $ ceph daemon osd.0 config get osd_disk_thread_ioprio_priority { "osd_disk_thread_ioprio_priority": "7"}