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SubjectRe: [PATCH] 2.5.21 IDE 91
"Hron, Randall" wrote:
>
> > (lord knows i'm trying to get up to speed), but, in the meantime, I can
> > test the crap out of a kernel :).
>
> tiobench is having trouble completing in kernels >= 2.5.19 on my K6-2
> 384 mb ram, IDE test system. The parameters I'm using are:
>
> tiobench.pl --size 2048 --numruns 3 --threads 1 --threads 32 --threads 64
> --threads 128
>
> --size depends on ram and disk space.
>
> Early in 2.5, dbench 192 would exercise a bug or two.
> (requires about 5GB of disk space)
>
> Linux Test Project's runalltests.sh has occasionally triggered a bug.

Is this still happening? What was the bug?

> 2.5 took a drop in dbench throughput recently.
>
> dbench ext2 128 processes Average High Low(MB/sec)

Is this still with 384 megs of memory?

> 2.5.19 18.60 21.69 14.58
> 2.5.20 12.89 13.15 12.79
> 2.5.21 12.67 12.94 12.51
>

One possibile culprit here is the doubling of the request queue size
in 2.5.20. A long time ago it was 1024 slots. Then it went to
128. That's where it is in Marcelo kernels. Then -ac kernels
went up to 1024 because they have read-latency2. Somehow 2.5 found
itself at 256 slots. In 2.5.20 it slealthily snuck up to 512
slots. I didn't squeak about this because I was interested to see what
effect it would have.

Does this patch get the throughput back?


Index: drivers/block/ll_rw_blk.c
===================================================================
RCS file: /opt/cvs/lk/drivers/block/ll_rw_blk.c,v
retrieving revision 1.66
diff -u -r1.66 ll_rw_blk.c
--- drivers/block/ll_rw_blk.c 9 Jun 2002 07:13:15 -0000 1.66
+++ drivers/block/ll_rw_blk.c 14 Jun 2002 23:35:54 -0000
@@ -1974,6 +1974,8 @@
if (queue_nr_requests > 512)
queue_nr_requests = 512;

+ queue_nr_requests = 256;
+
/*
* Batch frees according to queue length
*/

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