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SubjectRe: Revealing benchmarks and new version of contest.
Con Kolivas wrote:
>
> ...
> IO Load Full:
> Kernel Time CPU
> 2.4.19-ck7 2:34.04 43%
> 2.4.19 3:14.52 40%
> 2.5.34(-mm4) 14:59.79 8%
> 2.4.19-ck7-rmap 1:32.34 74%
> 2.4.20-pre7 3:37.75 32%
> 2.5.34 1:49.62 63%
>

OK, I can reproduce this. It's the elevator problem.

$ dd if=/dev/zero of=foo bs=1M count=8000 &
$ sleep 10
$ time cat kernel/*.c > /dev/null
cat kernel/*.c > /dev/null 0.01s user 0.51s system 0% cpu 1:41.76 total

Nearly two minutes to read three megabytes.

procs memory swap io system cpu
r b w swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id
1 1 3 6172 3396 464 164988 0 0 12 30156 1163 1411 2 96 2
0 2 1 6172 2832 472 165596 0 0 4 27048 1146 352 0 100 0
1 1 2 6172 2496 492 165928 0 0 0 34144 1161 984 0 100 0
1 1 2 6184 2448 500 166348 0 0 12 26076 1287 1318 2 98 0
0 2 2 6184 2620 480 166132 0 0 0 42900 1118 402 0 100 0
0 2 2 6184 3560 492 165256 0 0 4 15124 1100 187 8 92 0
0 2 2 6184 2424 524 166380 0 0 4 31988 1082 379 0 100 0
0 2 3 6184 2460 544 166324 0 0 0 20152 1082 276 0 100 0
1 1 4 6184 2468 400 166312 0 0 0 31440 1135 473 3 97 0
0 2 3 6188 2804 420 166272 0 0 8 35204 1093 422 3 97 0
0 2 2 6188 2580 428 166548 0 0 4 18860 1104 191 0 90 10
0 2 3 6228 3348 468 165892 0 0 0 40232 1109 542 0 100 0
1 1 4 6228 2436 496 166800 0 0 0 18788 1097 355 0 100 0
0 2 4 6228 3168 520 166028 0 0 8 29764 1093 376 3 97 0
0 2 4 6228 2860 536 166324 0 0 0 18748 1068 303 0 100 0
0 2 1 6228 2764 548 166396 0 0 4 33124 1148 259 7 93 0

No read activity.

(gdb) info threads
88 Thread 21769 io_schedule () at /usr/src/25/include/asm/atomic.h:122
87 Thread 21768 schedule_timeout (timeout=-937779520) at timer.c:866
86 Thread 21767 schedule_timeout (timeout=-1032683840) at timer.c:866

(gdb) thread 88
[Switching to thread 88 (Thread 21769)]#0 io_schedule () at /usr/src/25/include/asm/atomic.h:122
122 __asm__ __volatile__(

(gdb) comm25
$7 = "cat\000\000og\000\000\000\000\000\000\000\000"

(gdb) bt
#0 io_schedule () at /usr/src/25/include/asm/atomic.h:122
#1 0xc01305b4 in __lock_page (page=0xc1120780) at filemap.c:370
#2 0xc0130a7f in do_generic_file_read (filp=0xc8db33c0, ppos=0xc8db33e0, desc=0xc07c3ecc, actor=0xc0130c10 <file_read_actor>)
at /usr/src/25/include/linux/pagemap.h:86
#3 0xc0130f7f in __generic_file_aio_read (iocb=0xc07c3f04, iov=0xc07c3efc, nr_segs=1, ppos=0xc8db33e0) at filemap.c:867
#4 0xc0131032 in generic_file_read (filp=0xc8db33c0, buf=0x804dcc0 "sync", count=4096, ppos=0xc8db33e0) at filemap.c:895
#5 0xc0143040 in vfs_read (file=0xc8db33c0, buf=0x804dcc0 "sync", count=4096, pos=0xc8db33e0) at read_write.c:193
#6 0xc01431ee in sys_read (fd=3, buf=0x804dcc0 "sync", count=4096) at read_write.c:232
#7 0xc01090e3 in syscall_call () at stats.c:204

`cat' has issued a read and is waiting for IO to complete.




The disk elevator is supposed to stop servicing the streaming write
at some point and give the disk head to the reads, but that isn't
working.

The same happens with reads-versus-reads in some situations. It's
complex, and I've been putting it off. Jens has a new IO scheduler
in the works; and perhaps time spent investigating this would be wasted.

Why is it worse with -mm4? With other kernels, `dd' ends up waiting
on one of its own locked pages and it goes for a big snooze, allowing the
queue to empty. -mm4 won't do that. It will keep the queue filled all
the time.

This is all happening because you're running io_fullmem against the
same disk as the one on which the kernel build is being performed.
That is a valid and interesting test, but it's more an IO scheduler
test than an VM test. I'd suggest that you also test when the
heavy write is against a different disk.

I'll go see if Jens' deadline-iosched-5 patch fixes it.
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