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SubjectRe: [PATCH] Allow increasing the buffer-head per-CPU LRU size
On Thu, 10 Jul 2014 08:51:17 +0200 Sebastien Buisson <sebastien.buisson@bull.net> wrote:

> Allow increasing the buffer-head per-CPU LRU size to allow efficient
> filesystem operations that access many blocks for each transaction.
> For example, creating a file in a large ext4 directory with quota
> enabled will accesses multiple buffer heads and will overflow the LRU
> at the default 8-block LRU size:
>
> * parent directory inode table block (ctime, nlinks for subdirs)
> * new inode bitmap
> * inode table block
> * 2 quota blocks
> * directory leaf block (not reused, but pollutes one cache entry)
> * 2 levels htree blocks (only one is reused, other pollutes cache)
> * 2 levels indirect/index blocks (only one is reused)
>
> The buffer-head per-CPU LRU size can be changed at config time, and its
> default value is raised to 16.

The patch is a performance optimisation but the changelog omits all
mention of the most important part: the magnitude of the performance
improvement.

> --- a/fs/Kconfig
> +++ b/fs/Kconfig
> @@ -268,4 +268,18 @@ endif # NETWORK_FILESYSTEMS
> source "fs/nls/Kconfig"
> source "fs/dlm/Kconfig"
>
> +config BH_LARGE_LRU
> + def_bool y
> + depends on (EXT4_FS && QUOTA)
> +
> +config BH_LRU_SIZE
> + int
> + range 8 64
> + default "16" if BH_LARGE_LRU
> + default "8" if !BH_LARGE_LRU
> + help
> + This sets the per-CPU LRU size for buffer heads in memory.
> + More complex filesystems may be modifying multiple blocks
> + within a single transaction, so keeping the buffer heads in
> + CPU-local cache speeds up modifications significantly.

This hardwires 16 if ext4&quota and 8 otherwise. There's no way for
anyone to alter this decision if they think it will be helpful (or
harmful) in their setup.

> endmenu
> diff --git a/fs/buffer.c b/fs/buffer.c
> index 6024877..b83fa63 100644
> --- a/fs/buffer.c
> +++ b/fs/buffer.c
> @@ -1255,8 +1255,7 @@ static struct buffer_head *__bread_slow(struct
> buffer_head *bh)

Your email client is wordwrapping the patches btw. And it replaces
tabs with spaces.



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