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authorDave Chinner <dchinner@redhat.com>2010-08-24 11:44:34 +1000
committerDave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com>2010-08-24 11:44:34 +1000
commit546a1924224078c6f582e68f890b05b387b42653 (patch)
treef863df4fd74f85c8177d9eb1467a351cd6d0acfc /mm
parent4536f2ad8b330453d7ebec0746c4374eadd649b1 (diff)
writeback: write_cache_pages doesn't terminate at nr_to_write <= 0
I noticed XFS writeback in 2.6.36-rc1 was much slower than it should have been. Enabling writeback tracing showed: flush-253:16-8516 [007] 1342952.351608: wbc_writepage: bdi 253:16: towrt=1024 skip=0 mode=0 kupd=0 bgrd=1 reclm=0 cyclic=1 more=0 older=0x0 start=0x0 end=0x0 flush-253:16-8516 [007] 1342952.351654: wbc_writepage: bdi 253:16: towrt=1023 skip=0 mode=0 kupd=0 bgrd=1 reclm=0 cyclic=1 more=0 older=0x0 start=0x0 end=0x0 flush-253:16-8516 [000] 1342952.369520: wbc_writepage: bdi 253:16: towrt=0 skip=0 mode=0 kupd=0 bgrd=1 reclm=0 cyclic=1 more=0 older=0x0 start=0x0 end=0x0 flush-253:16-8516 [000] 1342952.369542: wbc_writepage: bdi 253:16: towrt=-1 skip=0 mode=0 kupd=0 bgrd=1 reclm=0 cyclic=1 more=0 older=0x0 start=0x0 end=0x0 flush-253:16-8516 [000] 1342952.369549: wbc_writepage: bdi 253:16: towrt=-2 skip=0 mode=0 kupd=0 bgrd=1 reclm=0 cyclic=1 more=0 older=0x0 start=0x0 end=0x0 Writeback is not terminating in background writeback if ->writepage is returning with wbc->nr_to_write == 0, resulting in sub-optimal single page writeback on XFS. Fix the write_cache_pages loop to terminate correctly when this situation occurs and so prevent this sub-optimal background writeback pattern. This improves sustained sequential buffered write performance from around 250MB/s to 750MB/s for a 100GB file on an XFS filesystem on my 8p test VM. Cc:<stable@kernel.org> Signed-off-by: Dave Chinner <dchinner@redhat.com> Reviewed-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>
Diffstat (limited to 'mm')
-rw-r--r--mm/page-writeback.c26
1 files changed, 10 insertions, 16 deletions
diff --git a/mm/page-writeback.c b/mm/page-writeback.c
index c09ef5219cbe..a803f5e33471 100644
--- a/mm/page-writeback.c
+++ b/mm/page-writeback.c
@@ -985,22 +985,16 @@ continue_unlock:
}
}
- if (wbc->nr_to_write > 0) {
- if (--wbc->nr_to_write == 0 &&
- wbc->sync_mode == WB_SYNC_NONE) {
- /*
- * We stop writing back only if we are
- * not doing integrity sync. In case of
- * integrity sync we have to keep going
- * because someone may be concurrently
- * dirtying pages, and we might have
- * synced a lot of newly appeared dirty
- * pages, but have not synced all of the
- * old dirty pages.
- */
- done = 1;
- break;
- }
+ /*
+ * We stop writing back only if we are not doing
+ * integrity sync. In case of integrity sync we have to
+ * keep going until we have written all the pages
+ * we tagged for writeback prior to entering this loop.
+ */
+ if (--wbc->nr_to_write <= 0 &&
+ wbc->sync_mode == WB_SYNC_NONE) {
+ done = 1;
+ break;
}
}
pagevec_release(&pvec);

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