NFS/credentials leak in 2.6.29-rc1 and thoughts on NFS performance

I decided to find out how NFS managed to have that fast random read performance (with so slow sequential read), and started a 8gb random IO test in IOzone. And machine started to die. I already killed it three times for this day, and reason is likely in the NFS server. That’s what slabtop shows on the server:

 Active / Total Objects (% used)    : 4741969 / 4755356 (99.7%)
 Active / Total Slabs (% used)      : 201029 / 201049 (100.0%)
 Active / Total Caches (% used)     : 91 / 162 (56.2%)
 Active / Total Size (% used)       : 750871.15K / 753121.28K (99.7%)
 Minimum / Average / Maximum Object : 0.01K / 0.16K / 4096.00K

1798890 1798672  99%    0.12K  59963       30    239852K cred_jar
1798320 1798307  99%    0.25K 119888       15    479552K size-256
1091430 1091401  99%    0.05K  16290       67     65160K buffer_head
  18824   17997  95%    0.28K   1448       13      5792K radix_tree_node

Both cred_jar and size-256 slabs constantly grew during the test, so I suppose there is a leak in the current kernel (iirc there were no leaks in .28), while I’m waiting for Trond Myklebust for comments, I thought on how NFS is capable to have higher random read than sequential one.

The main theory is its request combining on the client. I.e. when system joins two random but close enough requests, server will send not only requested data, but also additional region between them. Or some similar logic. I.e. essentially increased readahead by both client and server.
If this theory is correct, then simple way to solve it is to increase readahead in POHMELFS, or actually not to shrink it in some conditions. I will try this idea…