Re: trying to understand READ_META, READ_SYNC, WRITE_SYNC & co

From: Christoph Hellwig
Date: Sat Jun 26 2010 - 06:05:58 EST

On Fri, Jun 25, 2010 at 11:35:10PM -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> This logic was introduced by corrado to ensure WRITE_SYNC does not
> lose fair share. Now we are back to the same question, what is the workload
> which does that.
> 8e55063 cfq-iosched: fix corner cases in idling logic
> Before this patch, we will simply not do any idling on WRITE_SYNC. That
> means no idling on O_SYNC/fsync paths but still idle on direct IO
> WRITE_SYNC. Which is a bit of discrepancy.

Corrado, can you explain what workloads you doing that commit for?
The commit message doesn't really given any useful information.

> - Stop idling on all the WRITE_SYNC IO. There is no reasonable way to
> tell whether there will be more IO or not from applicatoin. This will
> impact direct writes, O_SYNC writes and fsync().
> If direct IO application is submitting writes with a delay in between
> it can be starved out in presnce of competing workloads.

So what application does this?

> - Do idling by default on WRITE_SYNC path. Implement Jeff's queue yielding
> patches. That way O_SYNC/fsyn path will call blk_yield() and stop idling.
> Direct IO write path will stil continue to idle (I think if file has already
> been laid out?).

I don't think this makes much sense. And O_SYNC write / fsync are
defined to not return before the I/O makes it to disk, and for any
sane filesystem end with a WRITE_BARRIER request because of that.
So we end these with an explicit unplug anyway, no need for idling

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