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SubjectRe: EXT4-ish "fixes" in UBIFS
On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 7:55 PM, David Rees <> wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 5:28 PM, Trenton D. Adams
> <> wrote:
>> On Thu, Apr 2, 2009 at 6:24 PM, Trenton D. Adams
>> <> wrote:
>>> Yes, mounting "-o sync" does improve ext3 performance.  It sucks
>>> though, because I do want quick writes.  And mounting with sync option
>>> slows down to disk io speeds.  In my case, that's between 20 and 23
>>> megabytes per second *big frown, quivering lip, and tears in my eyes*.
>>> :P
>> Oh, I should have clarified.  It improves performance under heavy
>> load.  Under normal load, mounting without sync is fine.  What I tend
>> to do is mount with "remount,rw,sync" when heavy load is starting.
>> Then my system goes slowly, but latency is good.  Then, when it's all
>> done (say a big compile, or job, or whatever), I remount without sync
>> again.
>> I'm thinking of writing a script that monitors performance, and
>> remounts as needed, lol.  WHAT A HACK. hehe.
> All you're doing here is implementing the lowering of dirty data
> limits in the VM dynamically based on how long fsyncs take.
> Linus outlined this specific strategy as "the ideal siutation"
> somewhere in the depths of "That filesystem thread".

I thought he said it was a HORRIBLE solution. :D I recall him
slamming Andrew over it. Unless you're referring to the kernel
actually doing it on the fly.

> Look at the new in 2.6.29 dirty*bytes parameters in
> Documentation/sysctl/vm.txt for more info.  By lowering those values,
> you can effectively turn normal writes into synchronous writes which
> will greatly reduce latency of fsync under heavy write load.
> In previous kernels you can tweak dirty_ratio and
> dirty_background_ratio, but they don't have the granularity of the new
> knobs.  Although if you are talking about just remounting in sync
> mode, they may work for you at least as a proof of concept. ;-)
> -Dave

dirty_ratio and dirty_background never really had any affect for me.
I'll look into the other parameters. Waiting for the checkout again,
as I am currently under a heavy rsync load (*rolls eyes*).

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