Re: [2.6 patch] make I/O schedulers non-modular
From: Al Boldi
Date: Mon Nov 26 2007 - 00:06:29 EST
Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Sun, Nov 25 2007, Adrian Bunk wrote:
> > Is there any technical reason why we need 4 different schedulers at all?
> Until we have the perfect scheduler :-)
> With some hard work and testing, we should be able to get rid of 'as'.
> It still beats cfq for some of the workloads that deadline is good at,
> so not quite yet.
> > I have the gut feeling that the usual thing happens and people e.g. not
> > report some cfq problems because as works for them...
> There's always a risk with "duplicate", like several drivers for the
> same hardware. I'm not disputing that.
Actually, both 'cfq' and 'as' are broken, and have been repeatedly reported
as such. Deadline is the only one that currently looks sane, and seems like
a good starting point for a more involved iosched. But keep in mind, the
fact that 'cfq' and 'as' are broken may also point to a lower-level block-io
problem. So, incrementally improving deadline may help discovering the
problems both 'cfq' and 'as' are plagued with.
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