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SubjectRe: huge improvement with per-device dirty throttling

--- Andrea Arcangeli <> wrote:

> On Wed, Aug 22, 2007 at 01:05:13PM +0200, Andi Kleen wrote:
> > Ok perhaps the new adaptive dirty limits helps your single disk
> > a lot too. But your improvements seem to be more "collateral
> damage" @)
> >
> > But if that was true it might be enough to just change the dirty
> limits
> > to get the same effect on your system. You might want to play with
> > /proc/sys/vm/dirty_*
> The adaptive dirty limit is per task so it can't be reproduced with
> global sysctl. It made quite some difference when I researched into
> it
> in function of time. This isn't in function of time but it certainly
> makes a lot of difference too, actually it's the most important part
> of the patchset for most people, the rest is for the corner cases
> that

> aren't handled right currently (writing to a slow device with
> writeback cache has always been hanging the whole thing).

didn't see that remark before. I just realized that "slow device with
writeback cache" pretty well describes the CCISS controller in the
DL380g4. Could you elaborate why that is a problematic case?


Martin Knoblauch
email: k n o b i AT knobisoft DOT de
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