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Oracle® ZFS Storage Appliance Analytics Guide, Release OS8.7.x

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Updated: August 2017

Protocol: SRP Operations

This statistic shows SRP operations/sec (SRP IOPS) requested by initiators to the appliance. Various useful breakdowns are available: to show the initiator, target, type and latency of the SRP I/O.


See Protocol: iSCSI Bytes for an example of a similar statistic with similar breakdowns.

When to Check SRP Operations

SRP operations/sec can be used as an indication of SRP load.

Use the latency breakdown when investigating SRP performance issues, especially to quantify the magnitude of the issue. This measures the I/O latency component for which the appliance is responsible for, and displays it as a heat map so that the overall latency pattern can be seen, along with outliers. If the SRP latency is high, drill down further on latency to identify the client initiator, the type of operation and LUN for the high latency, and, check other statistics for both CPU and Disk load to investigate why the appliance is slow to respond; if latency is low, the appliance is performing quickly, and any performance issues experienced on the client initiator are more likely to be caused by other factors in the environment: such as the network infrastructure, and CPU load on the client itself.

The best way to improve performance is to eliminate unnecessary work, which may be identified through the client initiator, lun and command breakdowns.

SRP Operations Breakdowns

Table 50  Breakdowns of SRP Operations
SRP client initiator
Local SCSI target
The project for this SRP request.
The LUN for this SRP request.
type of operation
SRP operation type. This shows how the SCSI command is transported by the SRP protocol, which can give an idea to the nature of the I/O.
SCSI command sent by the SRP protocol. This can show the real nature of the requested I/O (read/write/sync-cache/...).
A heat map showing the latency of SRP I/O, as measured from when the SRP request arrived on the appliance from the network, to when the response is sent; this latency includes the time to process the SRP request, and to perform any disk I/O.
A heat map showing the file offset of SRP I/O. This can be used to identify random or sequential SRP IOPS. Use the Disk I/O operations statistic to check whether random SRP IOPS maps to random Disk IOPS after the LUN and RAID configuration has been applied.
A heat map showing the distribution of SRP I/O sizes.

    These breakdowns can be combined to produce powerful statistics. For example:

  • "Protocol: SRP operations per second of command read broken down by latency" (to examine latency for SCSI reads only)

Further Analysis

See Protocol: SRP Bytes for the throughput of this SRP I/O; also see Cache: ARC Accesses to learn how well an SRP read workload is returning from cache, and Disk: I/O Operations for the back-end disk I/O caused.