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Deletion takes longer for large directories when the SMB CLOSE requests are runnig for longer duration

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  • It takes a long time to delete a long directory, the long-running SMB CLOSE requests(WAFL_SPINNP_CLOSE) is the major contributor to the performance drop, and it's caused by the extremely long cpu run time in WAFL cpu scheduling.
  • This could be confirmed in a number of different places. 
    • High Service Response Time for SMB CLOSE requests in the packet trace
    • High latency for Close operations in Object spinhi
      • spinhi:<volume_name>:spinhi_fileop_latency.Close:41740.05u
    • High latency for Close operations in Object smb or smb2
      • smb2:<svm_name>:close_latency:39380.24us
    • High CPU wait time(Per-Msg Wait Avg) in waffinity_stats, along with a very high CPU run time(Per_msg Wait Avg)

Class Queue     Msg Type                            #Msgs (new+restarts)    Per-Msg CPU Avg             Per-Msg Wait Avg

SERIAL hipri    WAFL_SPINNP_CLOSE                   62419                   1343                        44103

Note: The average CPU run time is 1343us, while the Average CPU wait time is 44103us in this example

  • Directory blocks take the majority of all the blocks read by Readahead Engine

ra.requested                           =  230178001

 ra.dir_blocks                          =  223951083


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