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SubjectRe: Increase dirty_ratio and dirty_background_ratio?
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On Fri, 2009-01-09 at 14:31 -0800, david@lang.hm wrote:

> for that matter, it's not getting to where it makes sense to have wildly
> different storage on a machine
>
> 10's of GB of SSD for super-fast read-mostly
> 100's of GB of high-speed SCSI for fast writes
> TB's of SATA for high capacity
>
> does it make sense to consider tracking the dirty pages per-destination so
> that in addition to only having one process writing to the drive at a time
> you can also allow for different amounts of data to be queued per device?
>
> on a machine with 10's of GB of ram it becomes possible to hit the point
> where at one point you could have the entire SSD worth of data queued up
> to write, and at another point have the same total amount of data queued
> for the SATA storage and it's a fraction of a percent of the size of the
> storage.

That's exactly what we do today. Dirty pages are tracked per backing
device and the writeback cache size is proportionally divided based on
recent write speed ratios of the devices.


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