Re: [patch 37/52] fs: icache lazy lru

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Wed Jun 30 2010 - 04:38:46 EST

On Thu, Jun 24, 2010 at 01:02:49PM +1000, npiggin@xxxxxxx wrote:
> Impelemnt lazy inode lru similarly to dcache. This will reduce lock
> acquisition and will help to improve lock ordering subsequently.

I'm not sure we want the I_REFERENCED reclaim free pass for a clean
inode that has been put on the LRU directly. I can see exactly how
it is benficial to delay reclaim of dirty inodes (XFS uses that
trick), but in terms of aging the cache we've already done this
free pass trick at the dentry level. Hence I think the frequent
separate access patterns tend to be filtered out at the dcache level
and hence we don't need to handle that in the inode cache.

Perhaps we only need the I_REFERENCED flag to give dirty inodes a
chance to be flushed by other means before forcing reclaim to do
inode writeback?


Dave Chinner
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