elvtune(8) -- Linux man page

 

NAME

elvtune - I/O elevator tuner  

SYNOPSIS

elvtune [ -r r_lat ] [ -w w_lat ] [ -b b_max ] /dev/blkdev1 [ /dev/blkdev2 ... ]

elvtune -h

elvtune -v  

DESCRIPTION

elvtune allows to tune the I/O elevator per blockdevice queue basis. The tuning can be safely done at runtime. Tuning the elevator means being able to change disk performance and interactiveness. In the output of elvtune the address of the queue tuned will be shown and it can be considered as a queue ID. For example multiple partitions in the same harddisk will share the same queue and so tuning one partition will be like tuning the whole HD.  

OPTIONS

-r r_lat
set the max latency that the I/O scheduler will provide on each read.
-w w_lat
set the max latency that the I/O scheduler will provide on each write.
-b b_max
max coalescing factor allowed on writes when there are reads pending in the queue.
-h
help.
-v
version.
 

NOTE

Actually the only fields tunable are those relative to the IO scheduler. It's not possible to select a one-way or two-way elevator yet.

For logical blockdevices like LVM the tuning has to be done on the physical devices. Tuning the queue of the LVM logical device is useless.  

RETURN VALUE

0 on success and 1 on failure.  

HISTORY

Ioctls for tuning elevator behaviour were added in Linux 2.3.99-pre1.  

AUTHORS

Andrea Arcangeli <andrea@suse.de> SuSE