How to create custom tuned profile in Linux ( RHEL / CentOS 7 )

Deepak Prasad

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In this article I will share the steps to create custom tuned profile. But before we start with the steps to create custom tuned profile, you must be aware of the basic terminologies so let me give a brief overview.

How to create custom tuned profile in Linux ( RHEL / CentOS 7 )


What is tuned?

Tuned is a daemon that uses udev to monitor connected devices and statically and dynamically tunes system settings according to a selected profile. Tuned is distributed with a number of predefined profiles for common use cases like high throughput, low latency, or powersave. It is possible to modify the rules defined for each profile and customize how to tune a particular device. To revert all changes made to the system settings by a certain profile, you can either switch to another profile or deactivate the tuned service.

The tuned profiles are stored in /etc/tuned/<profile_name>/tuned.conf or in /usr/lib/tuned/<profile_name>/tuned.conf directory. Distribution-specific profiles are stored in the /usr/lib/tuned/ directory.

Tuned profile file inside /etc/tuned/ directory has higher priority.


List man pages for tuned

To list all the man pages for tuned use the below command:

# man -k tuned
tuned (8) - dynamic adaptive system tuning daemon
tuned-adm (8) - commandline tool for switching between different tuning profiles
tuned-main.conf (5) - Tuned global configuration file
tuned-profiles (7) - description of basic tuned profiles
tuned.conf (5) - Tuned profile definition


List available tuned profiles

By default a Red Hat node has multiple pre-defined profiles, to get the list of installed profiles execute below command

# tuned-adm list
Available profiles:
- balanced - General non-specialized tuned profile
- desktop - Optimize for the desktop use-case
- latency-performance - Optimize for deterministic performance at the cost of increased power consumption
- network-latency - Optimize for deterministic performance at the cost of increased power consumption, focused on low latency network performance
- network-throughput - Optimize for streaming network throughput, generally only necessary on older CPUs or 40G+ networks
- powersave - Optimize for low power consumption
- throughput-performance - Broadly applicable tuning that provides excellent performance across a variety of common server workloads
- virtual-guest - Optimize for running inside a virtual guest
- virtual-host - Optimize for running KVM guests
Current active profile: virtual-guest


Get tuned recommendation

To let tuned recommend you the best suitable profile for your system without changing any existing profiles and using the same logic as used during the installation, run the following command:

# tuned-adm recommend

Here since I am using a virtual host, the recommended profile is virtual-guest.


Get active tuned profile

To view the currently active profile on your node

# tuned-adm active
Current active profile: virtual-guest

So here my currently active profile is virtual-guest which also was the recommended profile.


Tuned's RPM spec file intentionally does not mark profile tuned.conf files as local configuration files. This means that if you were to adjust profiles that are included with tuned, any local updates to tuned.conf files will be overwritten when you update the tuned RPM. Because of this, Red Hat recommends that you avoid making local changes to the profiles that Red Hat ships (/usr/lib/tuned), and instead create a new profile inside (/etc/tuned)


Steps to create custom tuned profile

Create a directory inside /etc/tuned/ with a custom name

# mkdir /etc/tuned/golinuxcloud

Next create a tuned profile. Below is my sample tuned profile

# vim /etc/tuned/golinuxcloud/tuned.conf
summary=This is a test tuned profile





Here I have created a custom tuned profile which performs below list of functions

  • limit C-state usage to C1
  • disable transparent hugepages
  • allocate 4100 2MB static hugepages
  • disable automatic numa balancing
  • run an arbitrary shell script
The is a demo script which you can replace with your script.

Provide executable permission to the tuned profile

# chmod +x /etc/tuned/golinuxcloud/tuned.conf

Next enable the new profile

# tuned-adm profile golinuxcloud

Check the currently active profile

# tuned-adm active
Current active profile: golinuxcloud

So our profile is successfully active.

To make sure you can also check if your config is also loaded

# cat /sys/kernel/mm/transparent_hugepage/enabled
always madvise [never]

So as you see the transparent huge page is disabled.


Disable tuned profile

To disable tuned profile

# tuned-adm off


Follow the Performance Guide from Red Hat 7 to get more details on tuned.


Lastly I hope the steps from the article to create custom tuned profile on Linux was helpful. So, let me know your suggestions and feedback using the comment section.

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Deepak Prasad

He is the founder of GoLinuxCloud and brings over a decade of expertise in Linux, Python, Go, Laravel, DevOps, Kubernetes, Git, Shell scripting, OpenShift, AWS, Networking, and Security. With extensive experience, he excels in various domains, from development to DevOps, Networking, and Security, ensuring robust and efficient solutions for diverse projects. You can reach out to him on his LinkedIn profile or join on Facebook page.

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