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SubjectRe: [PATCHSET] backing-dev: replace private thread pool with workqueue
On 2010-09-07 14:19, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello,
> On 09/07/2010 02:16 PM, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
>> What does this conversion buy us?
>> Having explicit per-bdi threads makes the model very simple and safe,
>> while I don't quite trust the now extremly complex work queues yet.
> Well, the whole idea behind the new workqueue is unifying all those
> dedicated pools of threads. If the conversion is too early given the
> new workqueue implementation, we can postpone bdi conversion by one
> more release cycle, but in the long run there is no point in keeping
> these private thread pools.

I agree (with both of you). It's definitely too early to convert it
over, but if we can in the longer run, it never hurts to get rid of
code. The writeback threads aren't a typical threadpool, in that the
threads stick around and only go away when idle for too long. If they
stick around, you get the same process hammering IO at your device. So
converting that over to the generic cwq may or may not be at a
performance cost, it'll definitely have to be tested.

Jens Axboe

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