On Thu, 2011-07-07 at 12:13 +0100, Adrian Schreyer wrote:
> I randomly get latency/performance problems even with very simple
> queries, for example fetching a row by primary key from a small table.
> Since I could not trace it back to specific queries, I decided to give
> LatencyTOP (http://www.latencytop.org/) a go. Soon after running a
> couple of queries, I saw this in latencytop whilst a query was hanging
> in postgres:
> Cause Maximum Percentage
> Writing a page to disk 19283.9 msec 99.7
What IO scheduler and filesystem are you using?
I think that CFQ has some problems for database workloads. It would be
easy to test: just switch to deadline and/or noop for a while and see if
the problem persists.
Also, I have heard of a few strange things with ext4, but they have
probably fixed those issues and it would be much harder for you to test.
But it might be worth searching for issues/bugs with your particular
version of the filesystem.