>On Thu, 2003-07-10 at 09:57, Jens Axboe wrote:
>>On Tue, Jul 08 2003, Marcelo Tosatti wrote:
>>>To get better IO interactivity and to fix potential SMP IO hangs (due to
>>>missed wakeups) we, (Chris Mason integrated Andrea's work) added
>>>"io-stalls-10" patch in 2.4.22-pre3.
>>>The "low-latency" patch (which is part of io-stalls-10) seemed to be a
>>>good approach to increase IO fairness. Some people (Alan, AFAIK) are a bit
>>>concerned about that, though.
>>>Could you guys, Stephen, Andrew and maybe Viro (if interested :)) which
>>>havent been part of the discussions around the IO stalls issue take a look
>>>at the patch, please?
>>>It seems safe and a good approach to me, but might not be. Or have small
>>Well, I have one naive question. What prevents writes from eating the
>>entire request pool now? In the 2.2 and earlier days, we reserved the
>>last 3rd of the requests to writes. 2.4.1 and later used a split request
>>list to make that same guarentee.
>>I only did a quick read of the patch so maybe I'm missing the new
>>mechanism for this. Are we simply relying on fair (FIFO) request
>>allocation and oversized queue to do its job alone?
>Seems that way. With the 2.4.21 code, a read might easily get a
>request, but then spend forever waiting for a huge queue of merged
>writes to get to disk.
But it is the job of the io scheduler to prevent this, isn't it?
>I believe the new way provides better overall read performance in the
>presence of lots of writes.
I don't know how that can be, considering writers will consume
basically limitless requests. What am I missing?
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