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SubjectRe: [Ext2-devel] disk throughput
On Mon, Nov 05, 2001 at 08:06:35AM +0100, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 04 2001, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > The meaning of the parameter to elvtune is a complete mystery, and the
> > code is uncommented crud (tautology). So I just used -r20000 -w20000.
>
> It's the number of sectors that are allowed to pass a request on the
> queue, because of merges or inserts before that particular request. So
> you want lower than that probably, and you want READ latency to be
> smaller than WRITE latency too. The default I set is 8192/16384 iirc, so
> go lower than this -- -r512 -w1024 or even lower just to check the
> results.
>

Does the elevator do better with powers of two?

> > This was based on observing the request queue dynamics. We frequently
> > fail to merge requests which really should be merged regardless of
> > latency. Bumping the elvtune settings fixed it all. But once the
> > fs starts writing data out contiguously it's all academic.
>
> Interesting, the 2.5 design prevents this since it doesn't account
> merges as a penalty (like a seek). I can do something like that for 2.4
> too, I'll do a patch for you to test.
>

I'd be very interested in this patch. Can you post it pubically?

> --
> Jens Axboe
>

Mike
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