Re: [RFC PATCH] v2 mm: balance_dirty_pages. reduce calls toglobal_page_state to reduce cache references

From: Jens Axboe
Date: Sun Sep 06 2009 - 14:42:24 EST

On Fri, Sep 04 2009, Richard Kennedy wrote:
> Reducing the number of times balance_dirty_pages calls global_page_state
> reduces the cache references and so improves write performance on a
> variety of workloads.
> 'perf stats' of simple fio write tests shows the reduction in cache
> access.
> Where the test is fio 'write,mmap,600Mb,pre_read' on AMD AthlonX2 with
> 3Gb memory (dirty_threshold approx 600 Mb)
> running each test 10 times, dropping the fasted & slowest values then
> taking
> the average & standard deviation
> average (s.d.) in millions (10^6)
> 2.6.31-rc8 648.6 (14.6)
> +patch 620.1 (16.5)

This patch looks good to me, I have workloads too here where up to 10%
of the time is spent in balance_dirty_pages() because of this. I'll give
this patch a go on the box and test in question tomorrow, but it looks

Jens Axboe

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