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SubjectRe: [PATCH] readahead:add blk_run_backing_dev
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(cc to Wu and linux-mm)

> Hi.
>
> I wrote a patch that adds blk_run_backing_dev on page_cache_async_readahead
> so readahead I/O is unpluged to improve throughput.
>
> Following is the test result with dd.
>
> #dd if=testdir/testfile of=/dev/null bs=16384
>
> -2.6.30-rc6
> 1048576+0 records in
> 1048576+0 records out
> 17179869184 bytes (17 GB) copied, 224.182 seconds, 76.6 MB/s
>
> -2.6.30-rc6-patched
> 1048576+0 records in
> 1048576+0 records out
> 17179869184 bytes (17 GB) copied, 206.465 seconds, 83.2 MB/s
>
> Sequential read performance on a big file was improved.
> Please merge my patch.

I guess the improvement depend on readahead window size.
Have you mesure random access workload?

>
> Thanks.
>
> Signed-off-by: Hisashi Hifumi <hifumi.hisashi@oss.ntt.co.jp>
>
> diff -Nrup linux-2.6.30-rc6.org/mm/readahead.c linux-2.6.30-rc6.unplug/mm/readahead.c
> --- linux-2.6.30-rc6.org/mm/readahead.c 2009-05-18 10:46:15.000000000 +0900
> +++ linux-2.6.30-rc6.unplug/mm/readahead.c 2009-05-18 13:00:42.000000000 +0900
> @@ -490,5 +490,7 @@ page_cache_async_readahead(struct addres
>
> /* do read-ahead */
> ondemand_readahead(mapping, ra, filp, true, offset, req_size);
> +
> + blk_run_backing_dev(mapping->backing_dev_info, NULL);
> }
> EXPORT_SYMBOL_GPL(page_cache_async_readahead);
>
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