Dm-cache Not Caching Data On 3.18.21-17.el6.x86_64

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(I’ve already sent this to CentOS-devel almost a week ago but didn’t get any reply.)

I’m evaluating dm-cache on kernels 3.18.21-17.el6.x86_64 (Xen 4) and
2.6.32-573.7.1.el6.x86_64 (KVM). The test I do is a simple sequential read using dd(1). read_promote_adjustment and sequential_threshold have been set to 1 and 0, respectively. For the 2.6.32 kernel, all seems to be working fine, “#usedcacheblocks” correctly reflects the number of cached blocks based on what I’m reading with dd(1)
performance is pretty much native SSD performance. However, the same test on the 3.18.21-17.el6.x86_64 kernel results in “#usedcacheblocks”
being stuck to “2” and no performance improvement is observed.

Any ideas what could be wrong? How can I further debug this?

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