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SubjectRe: [: Re: iosched: impact of streaming read on read-many-files]
On Sat, Feb 22, 2003 at 02:57:28PM +0100, Ingo Oeser wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 21, 2003 at 11:07:16PM -0800, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > You have not defined "fix". An IO scheduler which attempts to serve every
> > request within ten milliseconds is an impossibility. Attempting to
> > achieve it will result in something which seeks all over the place.
> >
> > The best solution is to implement five or ten seconds worth of buffering
> > in the application and for the kernel to implement a high throughput general
> > purpose I/O scheduler which does not suffer from starvation.
>
> What about implementing io-requests, which can time out? So if it will
> not be serviced in time or we know, that it will not be serviced
> in time, we can skip that.
>
> This can easily be stuffed into the aio-api by cancelling
> requests, which are older than a specified time. Just attach a
> jiffie to each request and make a new syscall like io_cancel but
> with a starting time attached. Or even make it a property of the
> aio list we are currently handling and use a kernel timer.
>
> That way we could help streaming applications and the kernel
> itself (by reducing its io-requests) at the same time.
>
> Combined with you buffering suggestion, this will help cases,
> where the system is under high load and cannot satisfy these
> applications anyway.
>
> What do you think?

that works only if the congestion cames from multimedia apps that are
willing to cancel the timed out (now worthless) I/O, that is never the
case normally due the low I/O load they generate (usually it's apps not
going to cancel the I/O that congest the blkdev layer).

still, it's a good idea, you're basically asking to implement the cancel
aio api and I doubt anybody could disagree with that ;).

Andrea
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