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SubjectRe: [PATCHv4 17/17] writeback: lessen sync_supers wakeup count
On Tue, May 25, 2010 at 04:49:12PM +0300, Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
> From: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com>
>
> The 'sync_supers' thread wakes up every 5 seconds (by default) and
> writes back all super blocks. It keeps waking up even if there
> are no dirty super-blocks. For many file-systems the superblock
> becomes dirty very rarely, if ever, so 'sync_supers' does not do
> anything most of the time.
>
> This patch improves 'sync_supers' and makes sleep if all superblocks
> are clean and there is nothing to do. This helps saving the power.
> This optimization is important for small battery-powered devices.

> +void mark_sb_dirty(struct super_block *sb)
> +{
> + sb->s_dirty = 1;
> +
> + spin_lock(&supers_timer_lock);
> + if (!supers_timer_armed) {
> + bdi_arm_supers_timer();
> + supers_timer_armed = 1;
> + } else if (supers_timer_armed == -1)
> + supers_timer_armed = 1;
> + spin_unlock(&supers_timer_lock);
> +}
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(mark_sb_dirty);

Ouch... That turns a previously trivial operation into something
much heavier; moreover, I'd rather see serious review of s_dirt
uses.

Note, e.g., that in your series you've touched udf; it can set s_dirt
until the cows come home, but without ->write_super() it'll be ignored
by everything in VFS and fs/udf itself never looks at the damn thing.

A look around it shows fs/sysv, where we never clean the damn flag anymore
for r/w mounts. Yes, really (got broken a year ago, nobody noticed).

Or, e.g., BFS - there we have ->write_super() mark the buffer_head that
contains on-disk sb dirty, and the only place that sets ->s_dirt is doing
that immediately after having marked the same bh dirty itself. Interesting
place, at that - bfs_fill_super() at r/w mount time... Note that ->sync_fs()
there does *not* wait for anything, which is not the right thing to do.

IOW, this thing is a good topic for code review; I suspect that quite a few
users might be gone as the result.


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