Re: [PATCH 07/23] readahead: insert cond_resched() calls

From: Wu Fengguang
Date: Sun Mar 19 2006 - 00:30:35 EST

On Sat, Mar 18, 2006 at 10:50:42PM -0500, Lee Revell wrote:
> On Sun, 2006-03-19 at 10:34 +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> > plain text document attachment
> > (readahead-insert-cond_resched-calls.patch)
> > Since the VM_MAX_READAHEAD is greatly enlarged and the algorithm become more
> > complex, it becomes necessary to insert some cond_resched() calls in the
> > read-ahead path.
> >
> > If desktop users still feel audio jitters with the new read-ahead code,
> > please try one of the following ways to get rid of it:
> >
> > 2) reduce the read-ahead request size by running
> > blockdev --setra 256 /dev/hda # or whatever device you are using
> Do you have any numbers on this (say, from Ingo's latency tracer)? Have
> you confirmed it's not a latency regression with the default settings?

Sorry, I did the testing simply by playing mp3s while doing heavy I/O.
The 128KB window size do not need these cond_resched()s, yet the
1024KB window size do. With this patch, I do not feel any latency

But I'm not sure it is the case for others, for there has been user
reports of audio jitters(without further informations, hence still an
open problem).

Anyway, numbers will be collected soon ...

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