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SubjectRe: Unresponiveness of 2.4.16
On Tue, Nov 27 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:
> Jens Axboe wrote:
> >
> > I agree that the current i/o scheduler has really bad interactive
> > performance -- at first sight your changes looks mostly like add-on
> > hacks though.
> Good hacks, or bad ones?
> It keeps things localised. It works. It's tunable. It's the best
> IO scheduler presently available.

Hacks look ok on cursory glances :-)

> > Arjan's priority based scheme is more promising.
> If the IO priority becomes an attribute of the calling process
> then an approach like that has value. For writes, the priority
> should be driven by VM pressure and it's probably simpler just
> to stick the priority into struct buffer_head -> struct request.
> For reads, the priority could just be scooped out of *current.
> If we're not going to push the IO priority all the way down from
> userspace then you may as well keep the logic inside the elevator
> and just say reads-go-here and writes-go-there.

Priority will be passed down for reads as you suggest, at least that is
the intention I had as well. I've only worked on 2.5 with this, but I
guess we can find some space in the buffer_head to squeeze in some
priority bits.

> But this has potential to turn into a great designfest. Are

Oh yeah

> we going to leave 2.4 as-is? Please say no.

I'd be happy to review anything you come up with -- or in other works,
feel free to knock yourself out, I'm busy with other stuff currently :)

Jens Axboe

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