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High NFS Latency with multiple connections to node LIFs from common client TCP socket

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Applies to

  • ONTAP 9.5
  • ONTAP 9.6
  • ONTAP 9.7 prior to P7


  • OTHER Ops for NFS workload shows extremely high latency (>100ms) in Active IQ Unified Manager.
  • Breakdown of latency on shows high latency on Network processing or CPU_Network. (Latency induced on the workload from CPU Network delays).
  • No evidence of any CPU contention or high CPU utilization.
  • One or many clients use the same source TCP socket (source address & port) for multiple simultaneous NFS (v3/v4) mounts to different interfaces (LIFs) on same node.
    • The same issue can occur with multiple connections to different ports on the same LIF from the same source socket.
    • The LIFs can be on the same SVM or different SVMs, but residing on the same node. 

cluster::*> system node run -node node_1 -command netstat -na
---- Default IPSpace ----
Active Internet connections (including servers)

Proto Recv-Q Send-Q Local Address          Foreign Address        (state)      VCTX Services   
tcp4       0      0        ESTABLISHED  13   0x00000804 
tcp4       0      0        ESTABLISHED  12   0x00000804
tcp4       0      0         ESTABLISHED  11   0x00000804
tcp4       0      0         ESTABLISHED  11   0x00000804

  • NFS client may be unable to perform any operations on affected mount (cd, ls, etc.) and receive error:

file temporarily unavailable on the server, retrying...

  • NetApp Active IQ may notify Risk ID 5637:
    • Risk: Multiple NFS connections from the same client using the same ephemeral port to multiple LIFs in a single IPSpace on a single node can result in NFS slowness/hangs for that client.
    • Potential Impact: Clients in this configuration may experience NFS slowness and/or hangs.




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