Re: cfq misbehaving on 2.6.11-1.14_FC3

From: spaminos-ker
Date: Fri Jun 17 2005 - 18:03:00 EST

--- Jens Axboe <axboe@xxxxxxx> wrote:
> This doesn't look good (or expected) at all. In the initial posting you
> mention this being an ide driver - I want to make sure if it's hda or
> sata driven (eg sda or similar)?

This is a regular IDE drive (a WDC WD800JB), no SATA, using hda

I didn't mention it before, but this is on a AMD8111 board.

> I'll try and reproduce (and fix) your problem.

I don't know how all this works, but would there be a way to slow down the
offending writer by not allowing too many pending write requests per process?
Is there a tunable for the size of the write queue for a given device?
Reducing it will reduce the throughput, but the latency as well.

Of course, there has to be a way to get this to work right.

To go back to high latencies, maybe a different problem (but at least closely

If I start in the background the command
dd if=/dev/zero of=/tmp/somefile2 bs=1024

and then run my test program in a loop, with
while true ; do time ./io 1; sleep 1s ; done

I get:

cfq: 47,33,27,48,32,29,26,49,25,47 -> 36.3 avg
deadline: 32,28,52,33,35,29,49,39,40,33 -> 37 avg
noop: 62,47,57,39,59,44,56,49,57,47 -> 51.7 avg

Now, cfq doesn't behave worst than the others, like expected (now, why it
behaved worst with the real daemons, I don't know).
Still > 30 seconds has to be improved for cfq.

the test program being:

#include <sys/types.h>
#include <sys/stat.h>
#include <fcntl.h>

int main(int argc, char **argv) {
int fd,bytes;

fd = open("/tmp/somefile", O_WRONLY | O_CREAT | O_CREAT, S_IRWXU);
if (fd < 0) {
perror("Could not open file");
return 1;
bytes = write(fd, &fd, sizeof(fd));
if (bytes < sizeof(fd)) {
perror("Could not write");
return 2;
if (argc != 1) {
return 0;

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