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SubjectRe: Blocked processes <=> Elevator starvation?
Jens Axboe wrote:

> On Sat, Oct 28 2000, Rui Sousa wrote:
>
>> After adding
>>
>> #define ELEVATOR_HOLE_MERGE 3
>>
>> to linux/include/linux/elevator.h it compiled ok.
>
>
> Oops sorry, I'm on the road so the patch was extracted
> from my packet writing tree (and not my regular tree).
>
>
>> There were still some stalls but they only lasted a couple of
>> seconds. The patch did make a difference and for the better.
>
>
> Ok, still needs a bit of work. Thanks for the feedback.

Have you resolved this problem completely, now?

I am testing the USB Storage support with my ORB backup
drive. When I run:

dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda bs=1k count=2G

The drive gets data quickly for about thirty seconds.
Then the throughput drops off to about ten percent
of its previous transfer rate. This dropoff appears to
be due to conflict over accessing filesystems. Specifically,
I have USB_STORAGE_DEBUG enabled, which shoots a ton of
debugging output into my kernel log. When the throughput
to the ORB drive falls off, all writing to the syslog
ceases. At least, that's what "tail -f" shows.

I would be happy to test any patches you have for this
problem.

I hope this helps,

Miles

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