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Performace degradations in NFSv4 when upgraded from NFSv3?

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What might be the performanance issues whe we upgrdae from nfsv3 to nfsv4 in any flavour of UNIX or Linux OS
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by:gheist
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It is backwards compatible.
You need to follow if you use TCP or UDP since defaults may change.
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What might be in case of UDP and TCP ?
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UDP does not guarantee packet delivery so if it becomes default you will lose data over flaky comm lines
TCP does acknowledge packets. That is noticeable on high-latency lines with intense IO ops.

Just examine mount -v on client before and after and force old setting if it is releavant.
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use of UDP will not cause data loss. It's just that the task of data integrity moves from the transport layer to the application layer, i.e. NFS will take care of it.
UDP has lower overhead, so using it on a reliable network gives you better performance.
TCP has better performance on lossy links, as data integrity is more efficient in TCP than with NFS.

In term of general performance degradation going from NFSv3 to NFSv4, there shouldn't be any, assuming you were already using strong authentication (the mandatory strong auth in NFSv4 incurs a small overhead as compared with the plain UNIX authentication of NFSv3). However, this is more than compensated by the cache-coherency and delegation capabilities of NFSv4, which allows for true client-side read- and write-caching of files.
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Last two togetehr summarizes changes to be expected.
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agreed.
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