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Subjectffsb create_4k 16% regression
I run many ffsb test cases on JBODs (typically 13/12 disks). Comparing
with kernel 2.6.30, 2.6.31-rc1 has about 16% regression with
ffsb_create_4k. The sub test case creates files continuously for 10
minitues and every file is 1MB.

Bisect located below patch.

5cee5815d1564bbbd505fea86f4550f1efdb5cd0 is first bad commit
commit 5cee5815d1564bbbd505fea86f4550f1efdb5cd0
Author: Jan Kara <>
Date: Mon Apr 27 16:43:51 2009 +0200

vfs: Make sys_sync() use fsync_super() (version 4)

It is unnecessarily fragile to have two places (fsync_super() and do_sync())
doing data integrity sync of the filesystem. Alter __fsync_super() to
accommodate needs of both callers and use it. So after this patch
__fsync_super() is the only place where we gather all the calls needed to
properly send all data on a filesystem to disk.

As a matter of fact, ffsb calls sys_sync in the end to make sure all data is
flushed to disks and the flushing is counted into the result. vmstat shows
ffsb is blocked when syncing for a long time. With 2.6.30, ffsb is blocked for
a short time.

I checked the patch and did experiments to recover the original methods. Eventually,
the root cause is the patch deletes the calling to wakeup_pdflush when syncing, so
only ffsb is blocked on disk I/O. wakeup_pdflush could ask pdflush to write back pages
with ffsb at the same time.

Below patch against 2.6.31-rc1 fixes it.

Signed-off-by: Zhang Yanmin <>


--- linux-2.6.31-rc1/fs/sync.c 2009-06-29 12:18:03.000000000 +0800
+++ linux-2.6.31-rc1_sync/fs/sync.c 2009-06-29 14:56:49.000000000 +0800
@@ -114,6 +114,7 @@ restart:

+ wakeup_pdflush(0);
if (unlikely(laptop_mode))

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