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SubjectRe: [PATCH] prune_icache_sb
On Wed, 22 Nov 2006 16:35:07 -0500
Wendy Cheng <wcheng@redhat.com> wrote:

> There seems to have a need to prune inode cache entries for specific
> mount points (per vfs superblock) due to performance issues found after
> some io intensive commands ("rsyn" for example). The problem is
> particularly serious for one of our kernel modules where it caches its
> (cluster) locks based on vfs inode implementation. These locks are
> created by inode creation call and get purged when s_op->clear_inode()
> is invoked. With larger servers that equipped with plenty of memory, the
> page dirty ratio may not pass the threshold to trigger VM reclaim logic
> but the accumulated inode counts (and its associated cluster locks)
> could causes unacceptable performance degradation for latency sensitive
> applications.
>
> After adding the uploaded inode trimming patch, together with
> shrink_dcache_sb(), we are able to keep the latency for one real world
> application within a satisfactory bound (consistently stayed within 5
> seconds, compared to the original fluctuation between 5 to 16 seconds).
> The calls are placed in one of our kernel daemons that wakes up in a
> tunable interval to do the trimming work as shown in the following code
> segment. Would appreciate if this patch can get accepted into mainline
> kernel.
>
> i_percent = sdp->sd_tune.gt_inoded_purge;
> if (i_percent) {
> if (i_percent > 100) i_percent = 100;
> a_count = atomic_read(&sdp->sd_inode_count);
> i_count = a_count * i_percent / 100;
> (void) shrink_dcache_sb(sdp->sd_vfs);
> (void) prune_icache_sb(i_count, sdp->sd_vfs);
> }
>
>...
>
> --- linux-2.6.18/include/linux/fs.h 2006-09-19 23:42:06.000000000 -0400
> +++ ups-kernel/include/linux/fs.h 2006-11-22 13:55:55.000000000 -0500
> @@ -1625,7 +1625,8 @@ extern void remove_inode_hash(struct ino
> static inline void insert_inode_hash(struct inode *inode) {
> __insert_inode_hash(inode, inode->i_ino);
> }
> -
> +extern void prune_icache_sb(int nr_to_scan, struct super_block *sb);
> +
> extern struct file * get_empty_filp(void);
> extern void file_move(struct file *f, struct list_head *list);
> extern void file_kill(struct file *f);
> --- linux-2.6.18/fs/inode.c 2006-09-19 23:42:06.000000000 -0400
> +++ ups-kernel/fs/inode.c 2006-11-22 14:12:28.000000000 -0500
> @@ -411,7 +411,7 @@ static int can_unuse(struct inode *inode
> * If the inode has metadata buffers attached to mapping->private_list then
> * try to remove them.
> */
> -static void prune_icache(int nr_to_scan)
> +static void __prune_icache(int nr_to_scan, struct super_block *sb)
> {
> LIST_HEAD(freeable);
> int nr_pruned = 0;
> @@ -428,7 +428,8 @@ static void prune_icache(int nr_to_scan)
>
> inode = list_entry(inode_unused.prev, struct inode, i_list);
>
> - if (inode->i_state || atomic_read(&inode->i_count)) {
> + if (inode->i_state || atomic_read(&inode->i_count)
> + || (sb && (inode->i_sb != sb))) {
> list_move(&inode->i_list, &inode_unused);
> continue;

This search is potentially inefficient. It would be better walk
sb->s_inodes.

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