[rrd-developers] RRDcached performance issues (from Users mailinglist)

Steve Schnepp steve.schnepp at gmail.com
Mon Mar 16 08:53:38 CET 2015


I'm a dev guy from the Munin project(*). We have some heavy RRD among our

Some hints from the trenches:

* I discovered that having multiple rrdcached daemon is actually very bad
for performance. The only way to shard them efficiently is to have them
handling a different FS with different disk subsystem. (I didn't try with
SSD btw)
* For some workloads tmpfs+sync (note that a simple cp might be more
efficient than a rsync) is simply the best.
* You have to avoid doing reads on rrds, as it flushes. (1.4.x, don't know
about 1.5)
* A very big -w and -z setting (think 3600) helps, as it give rrdcached the
most flexibility to reorder writes
* Always flush manually before closing (FLUSHALL on the socket), to avoid
too long restart times. The restarts journal read is way too slow, a you

Hopes it helps.

(*) http://mm0.eu/

On 17:59, Sun, Mar 15, 2015 Tobias Oetiker <tobi at oetiker.ch> wrote:

Hi Gaby,

I guess that very few people have rrdtool setup at your scale ...
so chances for someone coming forward with useful hints may be
rather slim.

  Things to look at:

a) try rrdtool 1.5rc2 since this is the latest and greates code

b) go into the cached code and add some debugging output

c) strace/truss may provide some insight in to what rrdcached when
   it seems busy

d) attach gdb and break processing to see where in the source this
   is happening.


Yesterday Gaby wrote:

> Dear developers, could you take a look at my post in the Users forum?
> It has no replies, and I'm still very interested in shedding some light on
> it.
> Gaby
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