By default, PX will try to auto tune the IO profile setting for a given volume by learning from the access patterns. However, this algorithm can be overridden and a specific profile can be chosen.

The IO profile can be selected while creating the volume via the io_profile flag. For example:

# pxctl volume create --size=10 --repl=3 --io_profile=sequential demovolume
# docker volume create -d pxd io_priority=high,size=10G,repl=3,io_profile=random,name=demovolume

IO Profile settings

It is highly recommended to let PX decide the correct IO profile tuning. If you do however override the setting, you should understand the operation of each profile setting.


This optimizes the read ahead algorithm for sequential access. Use io_profile=sequential.


This records the IO pattern of recent access and optimizes the read ahead and data layout algorithms for short term random patterns. Use io_profile=random.


This implements a write-back flush coalescing algorithm. This algorithm attempts to coalesce multiple syncs that occur within a 50ms window into a single sync. Coalesced syncs are acknowledged only after copying to all replicas. In order to do this, the algorithm requires a minimum replication (HA factor) of 3. This mode assumes all replicas do not fail (kernel panic or power loss) simultaneously in a 50 ms window. Use io_profile=db.

If there are not enough nodes online, PX will automatically disable this algorithm.