Re: Recvfile patch used for Samba.

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Fri Jul 26 2013 - 00:42:59 EST

On Thu, Jul 25, 2013 at 09:17:01AM +0100, Steven Whitehouse wrote:
> Hi,
> On Wed, 2013-07-24 at 12:47 +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > On Tue, Jul 23, 2013 at 02:58:58PM -0700, Jeremy Allison wrote:
> > > Having said that the OEMs that are using it does
> > > find it improves write speeds by a large amount (10%
> > > or more), so it's showing there is room for improvement
> > > here if the correct code can be created for recvfile.
> >
> > 10% is not very large gain given the complexity it adds, and I
> > question that the gain actually comes from moving the memcpy() into
> > the kernel. If this recvfile code enabled zero-copy behaviour into
> > the page cache, then it would be worth pursuing. But it doesn't, and
> > so IMO the complexity is not worth the gain right now.
> >
> > Indeed, I suspect the 10% gain will be from the multi-page write
> > behaviour that was hacked into the code. I wrote a multi-page
> > write prototype ~3 years ago that showed write(2) performance gains
> > of roughly 10% on low CPU power machines running XFS.
> > I should probably pick this up again and push it forwards. FWIW,
> > I've attached the first multipage-write infrastructure patch from
> > the above branch to show how this sort of operation needs to be done
> > from a filesystem and page-cache perspective to avoid locking
> > problems have sane error handling.
> >
> > I beleive the version that Christoph implemented for a couple of
> > OEMs around that time de-multiplexed the ->iomap method....
> I have Christoph's version here and between other tasks, I'm working on
> figuring out how it all works and writing GFS2 support for it. I'd more
> or less got that complete for your version, but there are a number of
> differences with Christoph's code and it is taking me a while to ensure
> that I've not missed any corner cases and figuring out how to fit some
> of GFS2's odd write modes into the framework,

Can you send me Christoph's version so I can have a look at the
differences? I'm pretty sure there isn't anything architecturally
different, but I've never seen it so I don't know exactly how it


Dave Chinner
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