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SubjectRe: [PATCH] O11int for interactivity
On Tue, Aug 05, 2003 at 10:56:16AM +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> I'm an IO scheduler type person! What help do you need? I haven't been
> following the thread.

I'm not sure it was in the thread. Basically, the testers appear to
associate skips with changes in writeout and/or readin behavior (either
large amounts of writeout or low amounts of readin), though the effect
of behavior similar to that surrounding a skip doesn't appear to
guarantee a skip.

e.g. on line 448 (this is a vmstat log passed through cat -n) there was
a skip:

438 procs -----------memory---------- ---swap-- -----io---- --system-- ----cpu----
439 r b swpd free buff cache si so bi bo in cs us sy id wa
440 1 6 0 3452 160248 274696 0 0 34960 7936 1450 1776 7 23 0 70
441 4 3 0 4416 155824 277712 0 0 9744 27736 1348 1430 30 25 0 45
442 0 7 0 4172 148604 285688 0 0 9040 16476 1395 1296 25 33 0 43
443 2 7 0 3456 145228 289160 0 0 6160 32728 1592 1317 29 26 0 46
444 0 6 0 6200 142256 289732 0 0 10512 20596 1323 794 25 26 0 48
445 0 6 0 3420 139124 295700 0 0 6680 20160 1283 853 14 22 0 64
446 11 6 0 3740 133528 301032 0 0 8084 20216 1308 941 21 34 0 45
447 0 7 0 2480 131044 304496 0 0 1424 24480 1290 1093 26 32 0 41
448 0 9 0 2372 128616 307008 0 0 908 27260 1263 258 6 18 0 76
449 1 6 0 5316 120960 311976 0 0 2064 19252 1243 698 9 24 0 67
450 3 5 0 2080 100960 334900 0 0 13964 16076 1685 1340 8 43 0 50
451 2 6 0 1932 74936 360496 0 0 22176 12292 1495 1359 8 92 0 0
452 2 5 0 5004 67216 365220 0 0 12944 12316 1280 1079 5 42 0 53
453 0 8 0 2264 56148 379780 0 0 1808 29180 1293 629 9 43 0 49
454 0 6 0 2476 64688 371320 0 0 11536 15608 1262 551 7 40 0 53
455 0 9 0 3620 52776 382020 0 0 2468 23836 1283 463 8 34 0 58
456 5 8 0 3012 52904 382600 0 0 1796 30540 1348 400 5 26 0 69
457 1 5 0 4440 45332 388380 0 0 1620 27980 1263 323 16 28 0 56

The load IIRC was some kind of io to an IDE disk while xmms played.

About all I can tell is that when there is a skip, bi is low, but
the converse does not hold. This appears to be independent of io
scheduler (I had them try deadline too), and I'm very unsure what to
make of it. I originally suspected thundering herds from waitqueue
hashing but things appear to contradict that given the low cs rates.

I'm collecting instrumentation patches to see what's going on. The
first order of business is probably getting the testers to run with
sleepometer to see if and where they're blocking, but given the io bits
that are observable some elevator instrumentation might help too (and
whatever it takes to figure out if a driver is spinning wildly too!).


Thanks.

-- wli
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