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SubjectRe: [PATCHv2 11/11] writeback: prevent unnecessary bdi threads wakeups
On Thu, Jul 22, 2010 at 09:48:24AM +0300, Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
> Hi Nick,
>
> On Thu, 2010-07-22 at 13:19 +1000, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > > out:
> > > spin_unlock(&inode_lock);
> > > +
> > > + if (wakeup_bdi) {
> > > + spin_lock(&bdi->wb_lock);
> > > + if (!bdi->wb.task)
> > > + wake_up_process(default_backing_dev_info.wb.task);
> > > + else
> > > + wake_up_process(bdi->wb.task);
> > > + spin_unlock(&bdi->wb_lock);
> > > + }
> > > }
> >
> > We really want to wake up the bdi right away when first dirtying
> > the inode? I haven't looked at where the state of the bdi code is
> > now, but isn't it better to have a a delay there?
>
> Yes, I guess we want to wake up the bdi thread after 5 secs (assuming
> default settings). I could implement a "wake_up_process_delayed"
> function which would use a timer, but I think it is not necessary to
> introduce these complications. We can just wake-up the bdi thread, it'll
> find out there is nothing to do, and will go sleep for 5 secs. I think
> this is good enough.
>
> IOW, delayed wake-up is not worth the trouble.

I can see what you mean, but I think the designs in core code should
be made as efficient as possible _unless_ there is some complication
in doing otherwise (not the other way around).

This is producing 2 unrequired context switches, so I really would
like to see it done properly. Setting up a timer is really pretty
simple (or if you would care to implement a delayed process wakeup
API, I think that would be useful -- I'm surprised there isn't one
already).


> > And rather than spreading details of how bdi tasks are managed
> > would you consider putting this into its own function?
>
> Sure, will do.
>
> > Other than that, I like your patches.
>
> Thanks :-)
>
> > Out of interest, is 5 seconds
> > very detremental to power usage? What is a reasonable goal for
> > wakeups? (eg. 95%+ of possible efficiency)
>
> I cannot tell for sure. In Nokia N900 phone we use OMAP3 and we have
> dynamic OFF-mode, so we switch off the CPU and peripherals completely
> when there is nothing to do, and SDRAM stays in low-power auto-refresh
> mode. Every useless wake-up makes us do a lot of job re-constructing the
> CPU state. I cannot tell the numbers, but I'm CCing Tero, who is working
> on OMAP3 PM and makes a lot of battery current measurements, he can
> provide some numbers.


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