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SubjectRe: Status of the IO scheduler fixes for 2.4
On Fri, Jul 04, 2003 at 05:37:35PM -0400, Chris Mason wrote:
> I've also attached a patch I've been working on to solve the latencies a
> different way. bdflush-progress.diff changes balance_dirty to wait on
> bdflush instead of trying to start io. It helps a lot here (both
> throughput and latency) but hasn't yet been tested on a box with tons of
> drives.

that's orthogonal, it changes the write throttling, it doesn't touch the
blkdev layer like the other patches does. So if it helps it solves a
different kind of latencies.
However the implementation in theory can run the box oom, since it won't
limit the dirty buffers anymore. To be safe you need to wait 2
generations. I doubt in practice it would be easily reproducible though ;).

Andrea
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