[CentOS] Slow performance with NFSv4.1 on CentOS 7.5 ?

Tue May 7 15:45:55 UTC 2019
mark <m.roth at 5-cent.us>

James Pearson wrote:
> We have a number of identical NFS clients mounting a server using
> NFSv4.1 - server and clients are all running CentOS 7.5 (kernel
> 3.10.0-862.14.4.el7.x86_64)
> However, on some clients, the NFS performance 'degrades' with time ...
> Running a simple test - a python script that just imports a module
> (python and its modules are installed on the NFS share) can be an order
> of magnitude or more slower on some clients. i.e. very little data is
> transferred, it is the rate of stat'ing and opening files on the NFS
> server that is 'slow'
> Running a tcpdump on a 'slow' client shows that the NFS traffic
> generated on the 'slow' client is again an order of magnitude or more when
> compared with that generated by a 'fast' client
> The majority of the extra NFS traffic in the slow case, appears to be a
> large number of NFS 'TEST_STATEID' calls the client makes - which are not
> there in the tcpdump on the fast client
> The issue can be 'fixed' in the short term by rebooting the affected
> client - and after a reboot, running the same tcpdump shows no TEST_STATEID
> calls - however after a while (several days), the performance might
> degrade again
> I've found a number of reports of excessive TEST_STATEID calls - but
> most seem to relate to NFSv4 client hangs - which is not happening here -
> things are working, but much slower than they should be ...
> Has anyone come across this issue - and have any fixes/workarounds?

You might find some useful info in

On the other hand, we've had some issues, and on at least a couple
servers, I've forced it to use 4.0 instead of 4.1, based on some
information I found online, and it helped.