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Load Balancing policies

Feljav
Frequent Advisor

Load Balancing policies

Multi-path solution are able to detect multiple paths to each logical device.There various load balancing policies. What is the meaning of them?
Round Robin-
Shortest Queue-
Least I/O -
ALB -
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Torsten.
Acclaimed Contributor

Re: Load Balancing policies

Hi,

start reading here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Round-robin_scheduling
or here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scheduling_algorithm


Hope this helps!
Regards
Torsten.

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Owen_15
Valued Contributor

Re: Load Balancing policies

Hi Feljav,

Round Robin: Equally distributes I/O among the paths in round-robin sequence. Rotates through all available paths on the active controller with equal distribution to each.

Shortest Queue: This algorithm schedules the I/O on the path that has the shortest queue.

Least I/O: Uses the available path on the active controller that has the fewest outstanding I/O requests.

ALB: not sure which variant of load balancing you are refering to.

There are lots of different algorithms out there with their subtle differences, but in general the default one is Round Robin.

Regards
Owen
Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Load Balancing policies

ALB is short for "Adaptive Load Balance", but the MPIO documentation does not contain much helpful information:

""HP MPIO EVA DSM implements array specific algorithms which make use of certain features supported by the disk arrays, to deliver better performance for host I/O requests. This Adaptive Load Balance (ALB) setting is supported on a per logical unit basis and works in conjunction with the load balancing policies supported by the DSM viz., Round Robin, Shortest Queue Requests, Shortest Queue Bytes and Shortest Queue Service Time.
""

Maybe it is some optimization to skip the non-performance / non-optimized paths through a proxy controller.
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