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SubjectRe: [PATCH 3/3] readahead: scale max readahead size depending on memory size
On Sun, 22 July 2007 18:44:03 +0200, Jens Axboe wrote:
> >
> > > I agree with the low point of 128k.
> >
> > Perhaps that should be enforced then, because currently a system with
> > <64M will get less.
>
> I think it should remain the low point.

I believe this whole thing is fundamentally flawed. The perfect
readahead size depends on the device in question. If we set a single
system-wide value depending on memory size, it may easily be too small
and too large at the same time. Think hard disk and SSD.

It may make sense to have a _maximum_ readahead size which depends on
memory size. But the preferred size (if there is enough RAM) should
depend solely on the device, possibly as a function of the
bandwidth * read latency product.

Jörn

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