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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Significant performace improvements on reiserfs systems, kupdated bugfixes

On Thursday, September 20, 2001 03:12:44 PM +0800 Beau Kuiper
<> wrote:

> Hi,
> Resierfs on 2.4 has always been bog slow.
> I have identified kupdated as the culprit, and have 3 patches that fix the
> peformance problems I have had been suffering.

Thanks for sending these along.

> I would like these patches to be reviewed an put into the mainline kernel
> so that others can testthe changes.
> Patch 1.
> This patch fixes reiserfs to use the kupdated code path when told to
> resync its super block, like it did in 2.2.19. This is the culpit for bad
> reiserfs performace in 2.4. Unfortunately, this fix relies on the second
> patch to work properly.

I promised linus I would never reactivate this code, it is just too nasty
;-) The problem is that write_super doesn't know if it is called from sync
or from kupdated. The right fix is to have an extra param to write_super,
or another super_block method that gets called instead of write_super when
an immediate commit is not required.

It is possible to get almost the same behaviour as 2.2.x by changing the
metadata sync interval in bdflush to 30 seconds.

> Patch 2
> This patch implements a simple mechinism to ensure that each superblock
> only gets told to be flushed once. With reiserfs and the first patch, the
> superblock is still dirty after being told to sync (probably becasue it
> doesn't want to write out the entire journal every 5 seconds when kupdate
> calls it). This caused an infinite loop because sync_supers would
> always find the reiserfs superblock dirty when called from kupdated. I am
> not convinced that this patch is the best one for this problem
> (suggestions?)

It is ok to leave the superblock dirty, after all, since the commit wasn't
done, the super is still dirty. If the checks from reiserfs_write_super
are actually slowing things down, then it is probably best to fix the

> Patch 3
> This patch was generated as I was exploring the buffer cache, wondering
> why reiserfs was so slow on 2.4. I found that kupdated may write buffers
> that are not actually old back to disk. Eg
> Imagine that there are 20 dirty buffers. 16 of them are more that 30
> seconds old (and should be written back), but the other 4 are younger than
> 30 seconds. The current code would force all 20 out to disk, interrupting
> programs still using the young 4 until the disk write was complete.
> I know that it isn't a major problem, but I found it and I have written
> the patch for it :-)
> Please try out these patches and give comments about style, performace
> ect. They fixed my problems, sliced almost a minute off 2.2.19 kernel
> compile time on my duron 700 (from 4min 30sec to 3min 45sec)

Doe you have the results of the individual fixes?


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