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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/2] percpu_counter: Put a reasonable upper bound on percpu_counter_batch

Hi Ted,

> I understand why we would want to reduce this number.
> Unfortunately, the question is what do we do if all 1024 threads try
> to do buffered writes into the file system at the same instant, when
> we have less than 4 megabytes of space left?
>
> The problem is that we can then do more writes than we have space, and
> we will only find out about it at write back time, when the process
> may have exited already -- at which point data loss is almost
> inevitable. (We could keep the data in cache and frantically page
> the system administrator to delete some files to make room for dirty
> data, but that's probably not going to end well….)
>
> What we can do if we must clamp this threshold is to also increase the
> threshold at which we shift away from delayed allocation. We'll then
> allocate each block at write time, which does mean more CPU and
> less efficient allocation of blocks, but if we're down to our last 4
> megabytes, there's probably not much we can do that will be efficient
> as far as block layout anyway….

Thanks for the explanation, I'll go back and take another look.

Anton
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