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SubjectRe: [PATCH 8/8] blk-throttle: enable throttling of task while dirtying pages
On Thu, Jun 30, 2011 at 04:52:29PM +0200, Andrea Righi wrote:
> On Tue, Jun 28, 2011 at 11:35:09AM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > Put the blk_throtl_dirty_pages() hook in
> > balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr() to enable task throttling.
> >
> > Signed-off-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com>
> > ---
> > include/linux/blkdev.h | 5 +++++
> > mm/page-writeback.c | 3 +++
> > 2 files changed, 8 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> >
> > diff --git a/include/linux/blkdev.h b/include/linux/blkdev.h
> > index 4ce6e68..5d4a57e 100644
> > --- a/include/linux/blkdev.h
> > +++ b/include/linux/blkdev.h
> > @@ -1180,12 +1180,17 @@ static inline uint64_t rq_io_start_time_ns(struct request *req)
> > extern int blk_throtl_init(struct request_queue *q);
> > extern void blk_throtl_exit(struct request_queue *q);
> > extern int blk_throtl_bio(struct request_queue *q, struct bio **bio);
> > +extern void blk_throtl_dirty_pages(struct address_space *mapping,
> > + unsigned long nr_dirty);
> > #else /* CONFIG_BLK_DEV_THROTTLING */
> > static inline int blk_throtl_bio(struct request_queue *q, struct bio **bio)
> > {
> > return 0;
> > }
> >
> > +static inline void blk_throtl_dirty_pages(struct address_space *mapping,
> > + unsigned long nr_dirty) {}
> > +
> > static inline int blk_throtl_init(struct request_queue *q) { return 0; }
> > static inline int blk_throtl_exit(struct request_queue *q) { return 0; }
> > #endif /* CONFIG_BLK_DEV_THROTTLING */
> > diff --git a/mm/page-writeback.c b/mm/page-writeback.c
> > index 31f6988..943e551 100644
> > --- a/mm/page-writeback.c
> > +++ b/mm/page-writeback.c
> > @@ -629,6 +629,9 @@ void balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(struct address_space *mapping,
> > unsigned long ratelimit;
> > unsigned long *p;
> >
> > + /* Subject writes to IO controller throttling */
> > + blk_throtl_dirty_pages(mapping, nr_pages_dirtied);
> > +
>
> mmmh.. in this way we throttle also tasks that are re-writing dirty pages
> multiple times.
>
> >From the controller perspective what is actually generating I/O on block
> devices is the generation of _new_ dirty pages. Multiple re-writes in page
> cache should never be throttled IMHO.
>
> I would re-write this patch in the following way. What do you think?
>
> Thanks,
> -Andrea
>
> ---
> Subject: [PATCH 8/8] blk-throttle: enable throttling of task while dirtying pages
>
> From: Andrea Righi <andrea@betterlinux.com>
>
> Put the blk_throtl_dirty_pages() hook in balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr()
> to enable task throttling.
>
> Moreover, modify balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr() to accept the additional
> parameter "redirty". This parameter can be used to notify if the pages have
> been dirtied for the first time or re-dirtied.
>
> This information can be used by the blkio.throttle controller to distinguish
> between a WRITE in the page cache, that will eventually generates I/O activity
> on block device by the writeback code, and a re-WRITE operation that most of
> the time will not generate additional I/O activity.
>
> This means that a task that re-writes multiple times the same blocks of a file
> is affected by the blkio limitations only for the actual I/O that will be
> performed to the underlying block devices during the writeback process.

Hi Andrea,

It kind of makes sense to me. Why not do it for regular dirty throttling
also. There also we want to control overall dirty memory in the system
and as long as we are not redirtying and not increasing number of
dirty pages then not subjecting them to throttling will make sense?

If yes, then we can simply skill calling balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited()
in case page was already dirty instead of introducing another variant
__balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr()?

Thanks
Vivek


>
> Signed-off-by: Andrea Righi <andrea@betterlinux.com>
> Signed-off-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com>
> ---
> include/linux/writeback.h | 8 ++++++--
> mm/filemap.c | 4 +++-
> mm/page-writeback.c | 11 +++++++----
> 3 files changed, 16 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
>
> diff --git a/include/linux/writeback.h b/include/linux/writeback.h
> index 17e7ccc..82d69c9 100644
> --- a/include/linux/writeback.h
> +++ b/include/linux/writeback.h
> @@ -129,8 +129,12 @@ unsigned long bdi_dirty_limit(struct backing_dev_info *bdi,
> unsigned long dirty);
>
> void page_writeback_init(void);
> -void balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(struct address_space *mapping,
> - unsigned long nr_pages_dirtied);
> +
> +#define balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(__mapping, __nr) \
> + __balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(__mapping, __nr, false)
> +void __balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(struct address_space *mapping,
> + unsigned long nr_pages_dirtied,
> + bool redirty);
>
> static inline void
> balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited(struct address_space *mapping)
> diff --git a/mm/filemap.c b/mm/filemap.c
> index a8251a8..ff4bdc5 100644
> --- a/mm/filemap.c
> +++ b/mm/filemap.c
> @@ -2377,6 +2377,7 @@ static ssize_t generic_perform_write(struct file *file,
> unsigned long bytes; /* Bytes to write to page */
> size_t copied; /* Bytes copied from user */
> void *fsdata;
> + unsigned int dirty;
>
> offset = (pos & (PAGE_CACHE_SIZE - 1));
> bytes = min_t(unsigned long, PAGE_CACHE_SIZE - offset,
> @@ -2412,6 +2413,7 @@ again:
> pagefault_enable();
> flush_dcache_page(page);
>
> + dirty = PageDirty(page);
> mark_page_accessed(page);
> status = a_ops->write_end(file, mapping, pos, bytes, copied,
> page, fsdata);
> @@ -2438,7 +2440,7 @@ again:
> pos += copied;
> written += copied;
>
> - balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited(mapping);
> + __balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(mapping, 1, dirty);
>
> } while (iov_iter_count(i));
>
> diff --git a/mm/page-writeback.c b/mm/page-writeback.c
> index 943e551..4ca505d 100644
> --- a/mm/page-writeback.c
> +++ b/mm/page-writeback.c
> @@ -613,6 +613,7 @@ static DEFINE_PER_CPU(unsigned long, bdp_ratelimits) = 0;
> * balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr - balance dirty memory state
> * @mapping: address_space which was dirtied
> * @nr_pages_dirtied: number of pages which the caller has just dirtied
> + * @redirty: false if the pages have been dirtied for the first time
> *
> * Processes which are dirtying memory should call in here once for each page
> * which was newly dirtied. The function will periodically check the system's
> @@ -623,14 +624,16 @@ static DEFINE_PER_CPU(unsigned long, bdp_ratelimits) = 0;
> * limit we decrease the ratelimiting by a lot, to prevent individual processes
> * from overshooting the limit by (ratelimit_pages) each.
> */
> -void balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(struct address_space *mapping,
> - unsigned long nr_pages_dirtied)
> +void __balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(struct address_space *mapping,
> + unsigned long nr_pages_dirtied,
> + bool redirty)
> {
> unsigned long ratelimit;
> unsigned long *p;
>
> /* Subject writes to IO controller throttling */
> - blk_throtl_dirty_pages(mapping, nr_pages_dirtied);
> + if (!redirty)
> + blk_throtl_dirty_pages(mapping, nr_pages_dirtied);
>
> ratelimit = ratelimit_pages;
> if (mapping->backing_dev_info->dirty_exceeded)
> @@ -652,7 +655,7 @@ void balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr(struct address_space *mapping,
> }
> preempt_enable();
> }
> -EXPORT_SYMBOL(balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr);
> +EXPORT_SYMBOL(__balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr);
>
> void throttle_vm_writeout(gfp_t gfp_mask)
> {


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