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SubjectRe: Swappiness vs. mmap() and interactive response
On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 05:09:16PM +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> On Tue, Apr 28, 2009 at 09:48:39AM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> > On Tue, 2009-04-28 at 14:35 +0900, KOSAKI Motohiro wrote:
> > > (cc to linux-mm and Rik)
> > >
> > >
> > > > Hi,
> > > >
> > > > So, I just set up Ubuntu Jaunty (using Linux 2.6.28) on a quad core phenom box,
> > > > and then I did the following (with XFS over LVM):
> > > >
> > > > mv /500gig/of/data/on/disk/one /disk/two
> > > >
> > > > This quickly caused the system to. grind.. to... a.... complete..... halt.
> > > > Basically every UI operation, including the mouse in Xorg, started experiencing
> > > > multiple second lag and delays. This made the system essentially unusable --
> > > > for example, just flipping to the window where the "mv" command was running
> > > > took 10 seconds on more than one occasion. Basically a "click and get coffee"
> > > > interface.
> > >
> > > I have some question and request.
> > >
> > > 1. please post your /proc/meminfo
> > > 2. Do above copy make tons swap-out? IOW your disk read much faster than write?
> > > 3. cache limitation of memcgroup solve this problem?
> > > 4. Which disk have your /bin and /usr/bin?
> > >
> >
> > FWIW I fundamentally object to 3 as being a solution.
> >
> > I still think the idea of read-ahead driven drop-behind is a good one,
> > alas last time we brought that up people thought differently.
>
> The semi-drop-behind is a great idea for the desktop - to put just
> accessed pages to end of LRU. However I'm still afraid it vastly
> changes the caching behavior and wont work well as expected in server
> workloads - shall we verify this?
>
> Back to this big-cp-hurts-responsibility issue. Background write
> requests can easily pass the io scheduler's obstacles and fill up
> the disk queue. Now every read request will have to wait 10+ writes
> - leading to 10x slow down of major page faults.
>
> I reach this conclusion based on recent CFQ code reviews. Will bring up
> a queue depth limiting patch for more exercises..

Sorry - just realized that Elladan's root fs lies in sda - the read side.

Then why shall a single read stream to cause 2000ms major fault delays?
The 'await' value for sda is <10ms, not even close to 2000ms:

> Device: rrqm/s wrqm/s r/s w/s rMB/s wMB/s avgrq-sz avgqu-sz await svctm %util
> sda 67.70 0.00 373.10 0.20 48.47 0.00 265.90 1.94 5.21 2.10 78.32
> sdb 0.00 1889.60 0.00 139.80 0.00 52.52 769.34 35.01 250.45 5.17 72.28
> ---
> sda 5.30 0.00 483.80 0.30 60.65 0.00 256.59 1.59 3.28 1.65 79.72
> sdb 0.00 3632.70 0.00 171.10 0.00 61.10 731.39 117.09 709.66 5.84 100.00
> ---
> sda 51.20 0.00 478.10 1.00 65.79 0.01 281.27 2.48 5.18 1.96 93.72
> sdb 0.00 2104.60 0.00 174.80 0.00 62.84 736.28 108.50 613.64 5.72 100.00
> --
> sda 153.20 0.00 349.40 0.20 60.99 0.00 357.30 4.47 13.19 2.85 99.80
> sdb 0.00 1766.50 0.00 158.60 0.00 59.89 773.34 110.07 672.25 6.30 99.96


Thanks,
Fengguang


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