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SubjectRe: Heuristic readahead for filesystems
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From: "Davide Libenzi" <davidel@xmailserver.org>
> On Wed, 11 Sep 2002, Xuan Baldauf wrote:
>
> > Hello,
> >
> > I wonder wether Linux implements a kind of heuristic
> > readahead for filesystems:
> >
> > If an application reads a directory with getdents() and if
> > in the past, it stat()ed a significant part of the directory
> > entries, it is likely that it will stat() every entry of
> > every directory it reads with getdents() in the future. Thus
> > readahead for the stat data could improve the perfomance,
> > especially if the stat data is located closely to each other
> > on disk.
> >
> > If an application did a stat()..open()..read() sequence on a
> > file, it is likely that, after the next stat(), it will open
> > and read the mentioned file. Thus, one could readahead the
> > start of a file on stat() of that file.
> >
> > Combined: If an application walks a directory tree and
> > visits each file, it is likely that it will continue up to
> > the end of that tree.
>
> M$ Win XP does exactly something like this and keep applications
> ( windows\prefetch ) and boot profiles that it uses to prefetch disk data
> and avoid long page fault latencies. It does kind-of-work but care should
> be taken adopting a similar technique on Linux ( patents ).

Davide, when was the patent on readahead taken out? It has either expired
or I can prove prior art I did myself on the old StarDrive and HardFrame
controllers for the Amiga made by Microbotics, Inc.

{^_^} Joanne Dow, jdow@earthlink.net


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