Re: [PATCH 00/19] periodic write-back timer optimization

From: Jens Axboe
Date: Wed May 27 2009 - 08:33:33 EST

On Wed, May 27 2009, Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
> ext Arnd Bergmann wrote:
>> On Wednesday 27 May 2009, Artem Bityutskiy wrote:
>>> Hi,
>>> This is the second attempt. The first one was here:
>>> It was very hacky and got no comments.
>> How does this relate to the per-BDI writeback patches that
>> Jens is working on? Doesn't that require a completely different
>> (probably simpler) implementation of your patch?
> At a quick glance, our works do not intersect. He seems
> to be changing the guts of write-back, while I only touch
> the timer which wakes up the periodic write-back thread,
> nothing else. I'll try to take Jens' patches and see.

There's definitely overlap! The timer is gone with my patches and so is
pdflush. For an idle (idle here meaning no background writeback
activity) system, there should just be bdi-default running. And that
will wake up every dirty_writeback_interval by default.

Jens Axboe

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