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SubjectRe: [resent PATCH] Re: very slow parallel read performance
I'll have to wait to display more ignorance (on this subject)
until next week. Off to
LinuxWorld SF - rushing in where Alan Cox is afraid to go!

And OT: the Embedded Linux Consortium is considering standards
for Embedded Linux, as is the Emblix Consortium (Japan), the Open Group,
and, for all I know, the UN, the NRA, and the Committee for the
Preservation Welsh Poetry. I'd be
interested in any suggestions, comments, proposals, or witty remarks
I could convey to the first three of these august organizations.


On Sun, Aug 26, 2001 at 05:34:24PM -0300, Rik van Riel wrote:
> On Sun, 26 Aug 2001, Victor Yodaiken wrote:
> > On Sun, Aug 26, 2001 at 04:38:55PM -0300, Rik van Riel wrote:
> > > On Sun, 26 Aug 2001, Victor Yodaiken wrote:
> > >
> > Daniel was suggesting a readahead thread, if I'm not mistaken.
>
> Ouch, that's about as insane as it gets ;)
>
>
> > > > BTW: maybe I'm oversimplifying, but since read-ahead is an optimization
> > > > trading memory space for time, why doesn't it just turn off when there's
> > > > a shortage of free memory?
> > > > num_pages = (num_requestd_pages + (there_is_a_boatload_of_free_space? readahead: 0)
> > >
> > > When the VM load is high, the last thing you want to do is
> > > shrink the size of your IO operations, this would only lead
> > > to more disk seeks and possibly thrashing.
> >
> > Doesn't this very much depend on why VM load is high and on the
> > kind of I/O load? For example, if your I/O load is already in
> > big chunks or if VM stress is being caused by a bunch of big
> > threads hammering shared data that is in page cache already.
>
> Processes accessing stuff already in RAM aren't causing
> any VM stress, since all the stuff they need is already
> in RAM.
>
> As for I/O already being done in big chunks, I'm not sure
> if readahead would have any influence on this situation.
>
> > At least to me, "thrashing" where the OS is shuffling pages in and
> > out without work getting done is different from "thrashing" where
> > user processes run with suboptimal I/O.
>
> Actually, "suboptimal I/O" and "shuffling pages without getting
> work done" are pretty similar.
>
> > > It would be nice to do something similar to TCP window
> > > collapse for readahead, though...
>
> > That is, failure to use readahead may be caused by memory pressure,
> > scheduling delays, etc - how do you tell the difference between a
> > process that would profit from readahead if the scheduler would let it
> > and one that would not?
>
> I don't think we'd need to know the difference at all times.
> After all, TCP manages fine without knowing the reason for
> packet loss ;)
>
>
> > > IA64: a worthy successor to i860.
> >
> > Not the 432?
>
> ;)
>
> Rik
> --
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>
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>
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