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SubjectRe: 2.4.20: Proccess stuck in __lock_page ...
On Tue, May 27, 2003 at 10:24:22PM +0200, Marc-Christian Petersen wrote:
> 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 ;(

bio breaks all drivers, not a good idea to backport ;)

note that the anticipatory scheduler generates very bad results with the
winmark. it certainly has merits but it has large downsides too.

I would be also curious if you could compare anticipatory with CFQ. The
CFQ was designed to provide the highest possible degree of fariness.

> > 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.

agreed.

>
> > 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?

I read it on l-k yesterday a few days ago, search emails from Linus with
Jens somewhere in CC and you should find it.

Andrea
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