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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] writeback: dirty position control
On Tue, Aug 23, 2011 at 12:01:00PM +0200, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Tue, 2011-08-23 at 11:40 +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> > - not a factor at all for updating balanced_rate (whether or not we do (2))
> > well, in this concept: the balanced_rate formula inherently does not
> > derive the balanced_rate_(i+1) from balanced_rate_i. Rather it's
> > based on the ratelimit executed for the past 200ms:
> >
> > balanced_rate_(i+1) = task_ratelimit_200ms * bw_ratio
>
> Ok, this is where it all goes funny..

Exactly. This is where it gets confusing and is bone of contention.

>
> So if you want completely separated feedback loops I would expect
> something like:
>
> balance_rate_(i+1) = balance_rate_(i) * bw_ratio ; every 200ms
>

I agree. This makes sense. IOW.
write_bw
bdi->dirty_ratelimit_n = bdi->dirty_ratelimit_(n-1) * -------
dirty_rate
> The former is a complete feedback loop, expressing the new value in the
> old value (*) with bw_ratio as feedback parameter; if we throttled too
> much, the dirty_rate will have dropped and the bw_ratio will be <1
> causing the balance_rate to drop increasing the dirty_rate, and vice
> versa.

I think you meant.

"if we throttled too much, the dirty_rate will have dropped and the bw_ratio
will be >1 causing the balance_rate to increase hence increasing the
dirty_rate, and vice versa."

>
> (*) which is the form I expected and why I thought your primary feedback
> loop looked like: rate_(i+1) = rate_(i) * pos_ratio * bw_ratio
>
> With the above balance_rate is an independent variable that tracks the
> write bandwidth. Now possibly you'd want a low-pass filter on that since
> your bw_ratio is a bit funny in the head, but that's another story.
>
> Then when you use the balance_rate to actually throttle tasks you apply
> your secondary control steering the dirty page count, yielding:
>
> task_rate = balance_rate * pos_ratio
>
> > and task_ratelimit_200ms happen to can be estimated from
> >
> > task_ratelimit_200ms ~= balanced_rate_i * pos_ratio
>
> > We may alternatively record every task_ratelimit executed in the
> > past 200ms and average them all to get task_ratelimit_200ms. In this
> > way we take the "superfluous" pos_ratio out of sight :)
>
> Right, so I'm not at all sure that makes sense, its not immediately
> evident that <task_ratelimit> ~= balance_rate * pos_ratio. Nor is it
> clear to me why your primary feedback loop uses task_ratelimit_200ms at
> all.
>

We I thought that this is evident that.

task_ratelimit = balanced_rate * pos_ratio

What is not evident to me is following.

balanced_rate_(i+1) = task_ratelimit_200ms * pos_ratio.

Instead, like you, I also thought that following is more obivious.

balanced_rate_(i+1) = balanced_rate_(i) * pos_ratio

Thanks
Vivek


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