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SubjectRe: VM test on 2.4.14pre3aa2 (compared to 2.4.14pre3aa1)
On Mon, Oct 29, 2001 at 03:45:46AM +0100, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:
> andrea@dev4-000:~> time ./mtest01 -b $[1024*1024*512] -w
> PASS ... 536870912 bytes allocated.
> real 1m8.655s
> user 0m9.370s
> sys 0m2.250s
> andrea@dev4-000:~>

new exciting result on exactly the same test (4Ganon mem +512m swap,
then started the bench):

andrea@dev4-000:~> time ./mtest01 -b $[1024*1024*512] -w
PASS ... 536870912 bytes allocated.

real 0m40.473s
user 0m9.290s
sys 0m3.860s

(mainline takes 1m 40s, 1 minute more for the same thing)

I guess I cheated this time though :), see the _only_ change that I did to
speedup from 68/69 seconds to exactly 40 seconds:

--- 2.4.14pre3aa2/mm/page_io.c.~1~ Tue May 1 19:35:33 2001
+++ 2.4.14pre3aa2/mm/page_io.c Mon Oct 29 03:58:23 2001
@@ -43,10 +43,12 @@
struct inode *swapf = 0;
int wait = 0;

+#if 0
/* Don't allow too many pending pages in flight.. */
if ((rw == WRITE) && atomic_read(&nr_async_pages) >
pager_daemon.swap_cluster * (1 << page_cluster))
wait = 1;

if (rw == READ) {
@@ -75,10 +77,12 @@
} else {
return 0;
+#if 0
if (!wait) {

/* block_size == PAGE_SIZE/zones_used */
brw_page(rw, page, dev, zones, block_size);
I found we were hurted by not being able to use the full I/O pipeline
like we do for writes.

Now it swapouts constantly and regularly at 12.8 Mbyte/sec (still
smooth), the write throttling happens at the PG_launder layer like for

hdparm -t on the swap partition says 27 Mbyte/sec but that's unreal, at
least with writes, a cp flood at max runs at 17mbyte/sec on such scsi
disk where we also swapout to. Without the above change it swapouts at
7.5 Mbyte/sec instead of 12.8 Mbyte/sec. 12.8Mbyte/sec seems acceptable
also considering the pagetable walking etc... more costly than a stright
generic_file_write + balance_dirty.

I'm aware of the implications of the above, we may empty the pfmemalloc
pool, but that should mostly cause some sched_yields, it still runs
stable during this test at least. I'd prefer to fix any places to
sched_yield rather than running at 7.5 mbyte/sec.

But my strongest non-cheat (and backwards compatibility, no too risk in
2.4) is that we just don't use the nr_async_pages during pageout to disk
of the MAP_SHARED segments, so why should we use it for pageout of the
anonymous memory that doesn't even need to pass through the fs? (in most
setups with a proper swap partition) As far as MAP_SHARED is just correct,
page_io.c also shouldn't need it. comments?

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