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SubjectRe: [PATCH 06/27] btrfs: lower the dirty balance poll interval
On Fri, Mar 04, 2011 at 02:22:17PM +0800, Dave Chinner wrote:
> On Thu, Mar 03, 2011 at 02:45:11PM +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> > Call balance_dirty_pages_ratelimit_nr() on every 32 pages dirtied.
> >
> > Tests show that original larger intervals can easily make the bdi
> > dirty limit exceeded on 100 concurrent dd.
> >
> > CC: Chris Mason <chris.mason@oracle.com>
> > Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
> > ---
> > fs/btrfs/file.c | 5 ++---
> > 1 file changed, 2 insertions(+), 3 deletions(-)
> >
> > --- linux-next.orig/fs/btrfs/file.c 2011-03-02 20:15:19.000000000 +0800
> > +++ linux-next/fs/btrfs/file.c 2011-03-02 20:35:07.000000000 +0800
> > @@ -949,9 +949,8 @@ static ssize_t btrfs_file_aio_write(stru
> > }
> >
> > iov_iter_init(&i, iov, nr_segs, count, num_written);
> > - nrptrs = min((iov_iter_count(&i) + PAGE_CACHE_SIZE - 1) /
> > - PAGE_CACHE_SIZE, PAGE_CACHE_SIZE /
> > - (sizeof(struct page *)));
> > + nrptrs = min(DIV_ROUND_UP(iov_iter_count(&i), PAGE_CACHE_SIZE),
> > + min(32UL, PAGE_CACHE_SIZE / sizeof(struct page *)));
>
> You're basically hardcoding the maximum to 32 pages here, because
> PAGE_CACHE_SIZE / sizeof(page *) is always going to be much larger
> than 32.
>
> This means that you are effectively neutering the large write
> efficiencies of btrfs - you're reducing the delayed allocation sizes
> from 512 * PAGE_CACHE_SIZE down to 32 * PAGE_CACHE_SIZE. This will
> increase the overhead of the write process for btrfs for large IOs.
>
> Also, I've got some multipage write modifications that allow 1024
> pages at a time between mapping/allocation calls with XFS - once
> again for improving the efficiencies of the extent
> mapping/allocations in the write path. If the new writeback
> throttling algorithms don't work with large numbers of pages being
> copied in a single go, then that's a problem.
>
> As it is, if 100 concurrent dd's can overrun the dirty limit w/ 512
> pages at a time, then 1000 concurrent dd's w/ 32 pages at a time is
> just as likely to overrun it, too. We support 4096 CPU systems, so a
> few thousand concurrent writers is not out of the question. Hence I
> don't think just reducing the number of pages between dirty balance
> calls is a sufficient solution....

Yes I probably have been too nervous about temporary dirty exceeding.

I do keep an improvement patch in house. However it adds btrfs
dependency on VFS, it could be submitted to btrfs after the VFS
changes have been merged. As the 32-page limit will hurt normal
workload, I'll drop it and merge it with the below one.

Thanks,
Fengguang
---

--- linux-next.orig/fs/btrfs/file.c 2011-03-02 20:35:54.000000000 +0800
+++ linux-next/fs/btrfs/file.c 2011-03-02 20:34:07.000000000 +0800
@@ -950,7 +950,8 @@ static ssize_t btrfs_file_aio_write(stru

iov_iter_init(&i, iov, nr_segs, count, num_written);
nrptrs = min(DIV_ROUND_UP(iov_iter_count(&i), PAGE_CACHE_SIZE),
- min(32UL, PAGE_CACHE_SIZE / sizeof(struct page *)));
+ min(PAGE_CACHE_SIZE / sizeof(struct page *),
+ current->nr_dirtied_pause));
pages = kmalloc(nrptrs * sizeof(struct page *), GFP_KERNEL);
if (!pages) {
ret = -ENOMEM;

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