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Subject[PATCH 2/6] writeback: the kupdate expire timestamp should be a moving target
Dynamically compute the dirty expire timestamp at queue_io() time.

writeback_control.older_than_this used to be determined at entrance to
the kupdate writeback work. This _static_ timestamp may go stale if the
kupdate work runs on and on. The flusher may then stuck with some old
busy inodes, never considering newly expired inodes thereafter.

This has two possible problems:

- It is unfair for a large dirty inode to delay (for a long time) the
writeback of small dirty inodes.

- As time goes by, the large and busy dirty inode may contain only
_freshly_ dirtied pages. Ignoring newly expired dirty inodes risks
delaying the expired dirty pages to the end of LRU lists, triggering
the evil pageout(). Nevertheless this patch merely addresses part
of the problem.

Acked-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
Acked-by: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie>
Signed-off-by: Itaru Kitayama <kitayama@cl.bb4u.ne.jp>
Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
---
fs/fs-writeback.c | 11 +++++++++--
1 file changed, 9 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-)

--- linux-next.orig/fs/fs-writeback.c 2011-04-19 10:18:28.000000000 +0800
+++ linux-next/fs/fs-writeback.c 2011-04-19 10:18:29.000000000 +0800
@@ -254,16 +254,23 @@ static void move_expired_inodes(struct l
struct list_head *dispatch_queue,
struct writeback_control *wbc)
{
+ unsigned long expire_interval = 0;
+ unsigned long older_than_this;
LIST_HEAD(tmp);
struct list_head *pos, *node;
struct super_block *sb = NULL;
struct inode *inode;
int do_sb_sort = 0;

+ if (wbc->for_kupdate) {
+ expire_interval = msecs_to_jiffies(dirty_expire_interval * 10);
+ older_than_this = jiffies - expire_interval;
+ }
+
while (!list_empty(delaying_queue)) {
inode = wb_inode(delaying_queue->prev);
- if (wbc->older_than_this &&
- inode_dirtied_after(inode, *wbc->older_than_this))
+ if (expire_interval &&
+ inode_dirtied_after(inode, older_than_this))
break;
if (sb && sb != inode->i_sb)
do_sb_sort = 1;



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