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On Tuesday 27 May 2003 22:10, Andrea Arcangeli wrote:

Hi Andrea,

> 10/15 performance drop doesn't sound good, no matter what hardware ;).
lol, well. YES ;)

> However in contest I recall there was quite an improvement in latency at
> least (I mean, it had some positive effect too)
Yeah, but latency != throughput ;)

> Getting the best throughput and latency at the same time is normally not
> possible, however evaluating if it's losing excessive throughput given a
> certain latency improvement is difficult.
It is possible. I use 2.5 (preferably -mm tree) now more then any 2.4*.
I use the AS (Anticipatory IO Scheduler) which AKPM included in his tree.
This scheduler is kicking ass. Everything is rock fast, I can trash my HD to
whatever I want, I still get no mouse stops, keyboard stops or anything like
that. Even starting up multiple programs is possible while trashing the HD.
Sure, it takes longer but it works :)

I try to backport BIO and then AS for quite over 2 weeks now, but it seems, at
least for me, that it's an impossible mission ;(


> I'll try to find what's the precise reason of the interactivity drop
cool. Thanks.

> with the 2.4.18->2.4.19 blkdev changes on Thu. I think I shortly looked
> into it once but there was no definitive answer, or anyways going back
> to the 2.4.18 code didn't appeal or make much sense.
Yeah, that's not an option. The throughput has been increased in 2.4.19
compared to 2.4.18.

> However I suspect this responsiveness issue could be storage hardware
> dependent.
Hmm, I am quite sure that it isn't. I have ton's of mostly totally different
hardware in my company, also test machines for WOLK at freenet.de (the
biggest I had was a QUAD Xeon 1GHz with 16GB memory and hardware RAID (Compaq
ML570 to be exact (f*cking nice machine btw. ;) and I even hit it on that
machine. Friends of mine having also different hardware then me, also hitting
that bug. _If_ it's the case of storage hardware, then many storage hardware
is affected ;)

> The sentence by Linus in the last few days while talking with Jens,
> about storage that reorders stuff and starve requests at the two ends of
> the platter was very scary, maybe you're really bitten by something like
> that. Linux does the right thing but your hardware keeps posting stuff
> under the os and mine doesn't.
Oh, did I miss something at lkml or was it privately?

ciao, Marc

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