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On Mon, 2006-06-19 at 09:27 -0700, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> On Jun 17, 2006 10:04 -0700, Andrew Morton wrote:
> > On Thu, 15 Jun 2006 02:08:32 +0400
> > "Vladimir V. Saveliev" <vs@namesys.com> wrote:
> >
> > > The core of generic_file_buffered_write is
> > > do {
> > > grab_cache_page();
> > > a_ops->prepare_write();
> > > copy_from_user();
> > > a_ops->commit_write();
> > >
> > > filemap_set_next_iovec();
> > > balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited();
> > > } while (count);
> > >
> > >
> > > Would it make sence to rework this code with adding new address_space
> > > operation - fill_pages so that looks like:
> > >
> > > do {
> > > a_ops->fill_pages();
> > > filemap_set_next_iovec();
> > > balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited();
> > > } while (count);
> > >
> > > generic implementation of fill_pages would look like:
> > >
> > > generic_fill_pages()
> > > {
> > > grab_cache_page();
> > > a_ops->prepare_write();
> > > copy_from_user();
> > > a_ops->commit_write();
> > > }
> > >
> >
> > There's nothing which leaps out and says "wrong" in this. But there's
> > nothing which leaps out and says "right", either. It seems somewhat
> > arbitrary, that's all.
> >
> > We have one filesystem which wants such a refactoring (although I don't
> > think you've adequately spelled out _why_ reiser4 wants this).
> >
> > To be able to say "yes, we want this" I think we'd need to understand which
> > other filesystems would benefit from exploiting it, and with what results?
>
> With the caveat that I didn't see the original patch, if this can be a step
> down the road toward supporting delayed allocation at the VFS level then
> I'm all for such changes.
>

Doesn't writepages method operation of address space provide enough
freedom for a filesystem to perform delayed allocation?

The goal of the patch was just to allow a filesystem to perform metadata
update for several newly added to a file pages at once. Currently,
filesystem is asked to do that once per page. Filesystems which have
complex algorithms involved into that may find this possibility useful
to improve performance.

> Lustre goes to some lengths to batch up reads and writes on the client into
> large (1MB+) RPCs in order to maximize performance. Similarly on the
> server we essentially bypass the VFS in order to allocate all of the RPC's
> blocks in one call and do a large bio write in a second. It just isn't
> possible to maximize performance if everything is split into PAGE_SIZE
> chunks.
>
> I believe XFS would benefit from delayed allocation, and the ext3-delalloc
> patches from Alex also provide a large part of the performance wins for
> userspace IO, when they allow large sys_write() and VM cache flush to
> efficiently call into the filesystem to allocate many blocks at once, and
> then push them out to disk in large chunks.
>
> Cheers, Andreas
> --
> Andreas Dilger
> Principal Software Engineer
> Cluster File Systems, Inc.
>
>

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