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SubjectRe: [PATCH] deadline io scheduler
On Thu, Sep 26 2002, Daniel Pittman wrote:
> On Thu, 26 Sep 2002, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > On Wed, Sep 25 2002, Andrew Morton wrote:
> [...]
> > writes_starved. This controls how many times reads get preferred over
> > writes. The default is 2, which means that we can serve two batches of
> > reads over one write batch. A value of 4 would mean that reads could
> > skip ahead of writes 4 times. A value of 1 would give you 1:1
> > read:write, ie no read preference. A silly value of 0 would give you
> > write preference, always.
> Actually, a value of zero doesn't sound completely silly to me, right
> now, since I have been doing a lot of thinking about video capture
> recently.
> How much is it going to hurt a filesystem like ext[23] if that value is
> set to zero while doing large streaming writes -- something like
> (almost) uncompressed video at ten to twenty meg a second, for
> gigabytes?

You are going to stalll all reads indefinately :-)

> This is a situation where, for a dedicated machine, delaying reads
> almost forever is actually a valuable thing. At least, valuable until it
> stops the writes from being able to proceed.

Well 0 should achieve that quite fine

Jens Axboe

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