On Tuesday 31 July 2001 21:07, Chris Mason wrote:
> This has been tested a little more now, both ext2 (1k, 4k) and
> reiserfs. dbench and iozone testing don't show any difference, but I
> need to spend a little more time on the benchmarks.
It's impressive that such seemingly radical surgery on the vm innards
is a) possible and b) doesn't make the system perform noticably worse.
> The idea is that using flush_dirty_buffers to start i/o under memory
> pressure is less than optimal. flush_dirty_buffers knows the oldest
> dirty buffer, but has no page aging info, so it might not flush a
> page that we actually want to free.
Note that the fact that buffers dirtied by ->writepage are ordered by
time-dirtied means that the dirty_buffers list really does have
indirect knowledge of page aging. There may well be benefits to your
approach but I doubt this is one of them.
It's surprising that 1K buffer size isn't bothered by being grouped by
page in their IO requests. I'd have thought that this would cause a
significant number of writes to be blocked waiting on the page lock
held by an unrelated buffer writeout.
The most interesting part of your patch to me is the anon_space_mapping.
It's nice to make buffer handling look more like page cache handling,
and get rid of some special cases in the vm scanning. On the other
hand, buffers are different from pages in that, once buffers heads are
removed, nobody can find them any more, so they can not be rescued.
Now, if I'm reading this correctly, buffer pages *will* progress on to
the inactive_clean list from the inactive_dirty list instead of jumping
that queue and being directly freed by the page_cache_release. Maybe
this is good because it avoids the expensive-looking __free_pages_ok.
This looks scary:
+ index = atomic_read(&buffermem_pages) ;
Because buffermem_pages isn't unique. This must mean you're never
doing page cache lookups for anon_space_mapping, because the
mapping+index key isn't unique. There is a danger here of overloading
some hash buckets, which becomes a certainty if you use 0 or some other
constant for the index. If you're never doing page cache lookups, why
even enter it into the page hash?
That's all for now. It's a very interesting patch.
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