slow samba performance even after tuning

Radu Coroi coroi_test at
Wed Feb 26 23:41:04 UTC 2014

Hi all,
My home server is a HP Microserver N40L (spec at with 6GB of RAM running freebsd 10.0 installed on a flash drive.

Unfortunately the samba performance is quite bad sitting at 40MBps where NFS is at 70MBps and 106MBps for FTP on the same test file at 1.5GB on top of one ZFS file. The poor performance doesn't allow for a full hd playback.

I've tried both samba36 and samba41 and AIO and applied the recommendations from the but still the same results.

In the same time smbd process cpu usage never goes above 15% like it is somehow not getting enough priority and not sure if this is due to a missing parameter or the fact that is running from the flash drive.

I have the following additions :
[radu at hp ~]$ cat /boot/loader.conf 
# We use Samba built with AIO support; we need this module!



# Set TXG write limit to a lower threshold.  This helps "level out"
# the throughput rate (see "zpool iostat").  A value of 256MB works well
# for systems with 4 GB of RAM, while 1 GB works well for us w/ 8 GB on 
# disks which have 64 MB cache. <<BR>>

# NOTE: in <v28, this tunable is called 'vfs.zfs.txg.write_limit_override'.

$ cat /etc/sysctl.conf 
# $FreeBSD: release/10.0.0/etc/sysctl.conf 112200 2003-03-13 18:43:50Z mux $
#  This file is read when going to multi-user and its contents piped thru
#  ``sysctl'' to adjust kernel values.  ``man 5 sysctl.conf'' for details.

# Uncomment this to prevent users from seeing information about processes that
# are being run under another UID.


# Increase send/receive buffer maximums from 256KB to 16MB.
# FreeBSD 7.x and later will auto-tune the size, but only up to the max.

# Double send/receive TCP datagram memory allocation.  This defines the
# amount of memory taken up by default *per socket*.

In /usr/local/etc/smb.conf
  socket options = TCP_NODELAY SO_SNDBUF=131072 SO_RCVBUF=131072
  use sendfile = no
  min receivefile size = 16384
  aio read size = 16384
  aio write size = 16384
  aio write behind = yes

Please help me tune the samba so I can match most of the NFS performance so I can use it for watching full hd movies.

Thank you very much,

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