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SubjectRe: Linux 2.6.29
> > I have not had this problem since I applied Arjan's (for some reason
> > repeatedly rejected) patch to change the ioprio of the various writeback
> > daemons. Under some loads changing to the noop I/O scheduler also seems
> > to help (as do most of the non default ones)
>
> (link would be useful)


"Give kjournald a IOPRIO_CLASS_RT io priority"

October 2007 (yes its that old)

And do the same as per discussion to the writeback tasks.


Which isn't to say there are not also vm problems - look at the I/O
patterns with any kernel after about 2.6.18/19 and there seems to be a
serious problem with writeback from the mm and fs writes falling over
each other and turning the smooth writeout into thrashing back and forth
as both try to write out different bits of the same stuff.

<Rant>
Really someone needs to sit down and actually build a proper model of the
VM behaviour in a tool like netlogo rather than continually keep adding
ever more complex and thus unpredictable hacks to it. That way we might
better understand what is occurring and why.
</Rant>

Alan



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