Subject Re: [firebird-support] [FB 2.1] Firebird engine seems to slow down on high load without utilizing hardware
not sure how you can survive with superserver :)
I can't see that working with our kind of load (realtime-data-processing, reports, mostly write IOPS)
It's a long time ago (Fb 1.5) since we used superserver but we didn't have the best time with it back then.

But currently this is not about switching the server-version. More about undestanding why the server is not using the provided hardware :)

Also it reads kinda strange if you talk about high load, but always have low cpu usage :)

---In, <liviuslivius@...> wrote :

just curious – why not superserver?
I do not know what your system do and if it is cpu intensive –
but i always use superserver because of big cache and this is for me biggest speed up.
I use superserver in environment with ~400 connections (near constant) and high load without problem.
PS. i wait for FB3.0 and all my servers will gain another speed up because of multicore use.
But i have always low cpu usage also in high load system – and i do not know why you can got 80% CPU load – maybe this is some issue or some “weekness” of classic?
Karol Bieniaszewski
Sent: Monday, April 11, 2016 2:55 PM
Subject: [firebird-support] [FB 2.1] Firebird engine seems to slow down on high load without utilizing hardware


recently we had some strange performance issues with our Firebird DB server.

On high load, our server started to slow down. Select and update SQL query times did go up by more than 500% on average,

but reaching unreasonable high execution times at worst case. (several minutes instead of < 1sec)


OIT/OAT/Next Transaction statistics was within 1000 the hole time

We were not able to messure any hardware limiting factor. Indeed, this system was running with only 8 cores at about 70% CPU usage on max. load.

We decided that this may be our problem since we experienced a similar problem at about 80% CPU load in the past.

So we upgraded the hardware. As expected, the CPU-load dropped to ~35% usage on max. load scenario.

But this did not solve the problem.

Same story for the harddisk system. The usage is not even near it's max capacity.


We also can't see any impact on the harddisk.

< p>We'r kind of stuck with our ideas, because we have no idea what could be a potential bottleneck to the system.

Since the hardware doesn't show a limit, there have to be anything else - most likely firebird engine related that's limiting our system.

We would be very grateful if anyone can give us hints where we can search further.

Or someone has similar experiences to share with us.



Operating System: Windows Server 2003

Firebird: 2.1.5 Classic

Dedicated database server (VMWare)


CPU: 16 cores, each 2.4 GHz

RAM: 32 GB

About 14GB are used from OS and firebird processes under max load.

HDD: SAN Storage System


Average system IOPS under load read: 100

Average system IOPS under load write: 550

Backup Restore IOPS read: 1700

Backup Restore IOPS write: 250

SAN IPOS Limit (max): 3000


Firebird Config Settings, based on defaults

DefaultDbCachePages = 1024

LockMemSize = 134247728

LockHashSlots = 20011


size: about 45 GB

450 to 550 concurrent connections

Daily average of 65 transactions / second (peak should be higher)


FB_LOCK_PRINT (without any params) while system was slowing down (~4 days uptime).

I have to note, Firebird was not able to print the complete output (stats was not cropped by me)



Version: 16, Active owner:      0, Length: 134247728, Used: 82169316

Semmask: 0x0, Flags: 0x0001

Enqs: 4211018659, Converts: 10050437, Rejects: 9115488, Blocks: 105409192

Deadlock scans:   1049, Deadlocks:      0, Scan interval:  10

Acquires: 4723416170, A cquire blocks: 640857597, Spin count:   0

Mutex wait: 13.6%

Hash slots: 15077, Hash lengths (min/avg/max):    3/  12/  25

Remove node:      0, Insert queue:     36, Insert prior: 74815332

Owners (456): forward: 131316, backward: 14899392

Free owners (9): forward: 39711576, backward: 49867232

Free locks (42409): forward: 65924212, backward: 23319052


With best Regards,


Patrick Friessnegg

Synesc GmbH