Re: [MMTests] IO metadata on XFS

From: Christoph Hellwig
Date: Mon Jul 02 2012 - 02:32:24 EST

On Mon, Jul 02, 2012 at 09:54:58AM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> That will be caused by the fact we changed all the metadata updates
> to be logged, which means a transaction every time .dirty_inode is
> called.
> This should mostly go away when XFS is converted to use .update_time
> rather than .dirty_inode to only issue transactions when the VFS
> updates the atime rather than every .dirty_inode call...

I think the patch to do that conversion still needs review..

> It increases the CPU overhead (dirty_inode can be called up to 4
> times per write(2) call, IIRC), so with limited numbers of
> threads/limited CPU power it will result in lower performance. Where
> you have lots of CPU power, there will be little difference in
> performance...

When I checked it it could only be called twice, and we'd already
optimize away the second call. I'd defintively like to track down where
the performance changes happend, at least to a major version but even
better to a -rc or git commit.

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