[PATCH] Optimize wait_sb_inodes()

OGAWA Hirofumi hirofumi at mail.parknet.co.jp
Thu Jun 27 03:06:37 PDT 2013

Dave Chinner <david at fromorbit.com> writes:

>> >> > Fix the root cause of the problem - the sub-optimal VFS code.
>> >> > Hacking around it specifically for out-of-tree code is not the way
>> >> > things get done around here...
>> >> 
>> >> I'm thinking the root cause is vfs can't have knowledge of FS internal,
>> >> e.g. FS is handling data transactional way, or not.
>> >
>> > If the filesystem has transactional data/metadata that the VFS is
>> > not tracking, then that is what the ->sync_fs call is for. i.e. so
>> > the filesystem can then do what ever extra writeback/waiting it
>> > needs to do that the VFS is unaware of.
>> >
>> > We already cater for what Tux3 needs in the VFS - all you've done is
>> > found an inefficient algorithm that needs fixing.
>> write_cache_pages() is library function to be called from per-FS. So, it
>> is not under vfs control can be assume already. And it doesn't do right
>> things via write_cache_pages() for data=journal, because it handles for
>> each inodes, not at once. So, new dirty data can be inserted while
>> marking.
> Sure it can. But that newly dirtied data has occurred after the data
> integrity writeback call was begun, so it's not part of what the
> writeback code call needs to write back. We are quite entitled to
> ignore it for the purposes of a data integrity sync because it as
> dirtied *after* write_cache_pages() was asked to sync the range of
> the inode.
> IOWs, the VFS draws a line in the sand at a point in time when each
> inode is written for a data integrity sync. You have to do that
> somewhere, and there's little point in making that a global barrier
> when it is not necessary to do so.
> tux3 draws a different line in the sand, as does ext3/4
> data=journal.  In effect, tux3 and ext3/4 data=journal define a
> global point in time that everything is "in sync", and that's way
> above what is necessary for a sync(2) operation.  The VFS already
> has equivalent functionality - it's the state we force filesystems
> into when they are frozen. i.e. freezing a filesystem forces it down
> into a state where it is transactionally consistent on disk w.r.t
> both data and metadata.  sync(2) does not require these
> "transactionally consistent" semantics, so the VFS does not try to
> provide them.

It is what I'm calling the unnecessary wait.

> Anyway, this is a moot discussion. I've already got prototype code
> that fixes the wait_sb_inodes() problem as somebody is having
> problems with many concurrent executions of wait_sb_inodes() causing
> severe lock contention...

Sorry, but sounds like you are just saying "it doesn't need for me".

OGAWA Hirofumi <hirofumi at mail.parknet.co.jp>

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