Re: [PATCH RFC fs] v2 Make sync() satisfy many requests with oneinvocation

From: Dave Chinner
Date: Mon Jul 29 2013 - 03:06:54 EST

On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 04:26:28AM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> On Sat, Jul 27, 2013 at 04:21:01PM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > On Fri, Jul 26, 2013 at 09:05:24PM -0700, Paul E. McKenney wrote:
> > > Could you please send your patches over to Dave Jones right now? I am
> > > getting quite tired of getting RCU CPU stall warning complaints from
> > > him that turn out to be due to highly contended sync() system calls.
> >
> > Then ignore them until the code is ready - it'll be 3.12 before the
> > fixes are merged, anyway, because the lock contention fix requires
> > infrastructure that is currently in mmotm that is queued for 3.12
> > (i.e. the per-node list infrastructure) to fix a whole bunch of
> > other, more critical VFS lock contention problems. Seeing as a new
> > mmotm went out last week, I should have the patches ready for review
> > early next week.
> >
> > FWIW, we (as in XFS filesystem testers) regularly run tests that
> > have hundreds of concurrent sys_sync() calls running at the same
> > time. e.g. xfstests::xfs/297 runs a 1000 fsstress processes while
> > freezing and unfreezing the filesystem, and that usually shows
> > hundreds of threads running sys_sync concurrently after a short
> > amount of runtime. So it's pretty clear that what Dave is seeing
> > is not necessarily representative of what happens when there ar lots
> > of sys_sync() calls run concurrently.
> So Dave might be finding an additional problem. ;-)

Dave will always find problems. If you want something broken, give
it to Dave and he'll hand it back in pieces. :)

> > BTW, concurrent syncfs() calls are going to have exactly the same
> > problem as concurrent sync() calls, as is any other operation that
> > results in a walk of the per-superblock inodes list.
> Yep! Your upcoming patch addresses these as well?

Yes, it does.


Dave Chinner
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