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SubjectRe: Writeout in recent kernels/VMs poor compared to last -ac
In your message of: Sat, 12 Jan 2002 10:17:39 EST, you write:
>I recently began regularly transferring large (600 MB+) files to my
>Linux-based fileserver and have noticed what I would characterize as poor
>writeout behavior under this load. I've done a bit of comparison testing
>which may help reveal the problem better.

I see the same behavior when writing to a USB attached harddisk/MP3
player, which also is formated VFAT. Doing a cp *.mp3 /usbdrive/ will
read the mp3s into memory, until all free memory is filled, and then
start writing them to the usb drive. Because it can only write at
800KB/s this behavior is very noticable. Once the few hundred MB of
files in memory have been written out, the next batch of files will be
read into memory, and then written out.

This behavior occurs under 2.4.17, and has occured under all recent
2.4 kernels. I haven't done any rigorous testing to see which, if
any, -ac or early 2.4 kernels do not show this behavior.

If VFAT is considered an issue, I can reformat the disk ext2 for

Not really any new information to add, just a "me too", though I would
be happy to try out any proposed fixes.

Jeff Lessem.
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