Re: [PATCH]vmscan: add block plug for page reclaim

From: Jens Axboe
Date: Thu Jul 21 2011 - 15:32:33 EST

On 2011-07-20 08:49, Shaohua Li wrote:
> On Wed, 2011-07-20 at 14:30 +0800, Minchan Kim wrote:
>> On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 3:10 PM, Shaohua Li <> wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2011-07-20 at 13:53 +0800, Minchan Kim wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Jul 20, 2011 at 11:53 AM, Shaohua Li <> wrote:
>>>>> per-task block plug can reduce block queue lock contention and increase request
>>>>> merge. Currently page reclaim doesn't support it. I originally thought page
>>>>> reclaim doesn't need it, because kswapd thread count is limited and file cache
>>>>> write is done at flusher mostly.
>>>>> When I test a workload with heavy swap in a 4-node machine, each CPU is doing
>>>>> direct page reclaim and swap. This causes block queue lock contention. In my
>>>>> test, without below patch, the CPU utilization is about 2% ~ 7%. With the
>>>>> patch, the CPU utilization is about 1% ~ 3%. Disk throughput isn't changed.
>>>> Why doesn't it enhance through?
>>> throughput? The disk isn't that fast. We already can make it run in full
>> Yes. Sorry for the typo.
>>> speed, CPU isn't bottleneck here.
>> But you try to optimize CPU. so your experiment is not good.
> it's not that good, because the disk isn't fast. The swap test is the
> workload with most significant impact I can get.

Let me just interject here that a plug should be fine, from 3.1 we'll
even auto-unplug if a certain depth has been reached. So latency should
not be a worry. Personally I think the patch looks fine, though some
numbers would be interesting to see. Cycles spent submitting the actual
IO, combined with IO statistics what kind of IO patterns were observed
for plain and with patch would be good.

Jens Axboe

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