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If you're only reading the file from beginning to end, another useful trick is to write a small program to read files in whatever blocksize you need (for example with sysread) and write them to standard output; then you can run that program and pipe its output to your actual program, which can read from the pipe in 4KB blocks without affecting how the NFS server is accessed. If you need to seek around this won't work, but sometimes it can be helpful.

Yes, strong agreement to this trick. My office neighbor also suggested this work-around, since we have at least 2 CPUs per node, and up to 8 CPUs per node, but most often, the actual computation only takes 1 CPU. CPU cycles are cheap!

As for the NFS client tuning, I will convey the message, but I suspect that the admins already did quite a bit of tuning. After all, our directory requests are served from a different physical machine than the data blocks. Myself, I don't have god privileges on any of the machines.

XXX:/export/samfs-XXX01 /auto/XXX-01 nfs rw,nosuid,noatime,rsize=32768 +,wsize=32768,timeo=15,retrans=7,tcp,intr,noquota,rsize=32768,wsize=32 +768,addr= 0 0

The readahead sounds intriguing. How would it work, if 200 clients tried to read the same file, though slightly offset in start time? Wouldn't read-ahead aggravate the server load in this case?

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