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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH] block: Fix bio merge induced high I/O latency
On Mon, Jan 19 2009, Nikanth K wrote:
> On Sun, Jan 18, 2009 at 12:34 AM, Jens Axboe <> wrote:
> >
> > As a quick test, could you try and increase the slice_idle to eg 20ms?
> > Sometimes I've seen timing being slightly off, which makes us miss the
> > sync window for the ls (in your case) process. Then you get a mix of
> > async and sync IO all the time, which very much slows down the sync
> > process.
> >
> Do you mean to say that 'ls' could not submit another request until
> the previous sync request completes, but its idle window gets disabled
> as it takes way too long to complete during heavy load? But when there

'ls' would never submit a new request before the previous one completes,
such is the nature of sync processes. That's the whole reason we have
the idle window.

> are requests in the driver, wont the idling be disabled anyway? Or did
> you mean to increase slice_sync?

No, idling is on a per-cfqq (process) basis. I did not mean to increase
slice_sync, that wont help at all. It's the window between submissions
of requests that I wanted to test being larger, but apparently that
wasn't the case here.

Jens Axboe

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