Re: [PATCH 1/2] ext4: Calculate and verify inode checksums

From: Darrick J. Wong
Date: Fri Apr 08 2011 - 15:30:40 EST

On Fri, Apr 08, 2011 at 11:50:13AM -0700, Joel Becker wrote:
> On Thu, Apr 07, 2011 at 10:10:52AM -0700, Sunil Mushran wrote:
> > On 04/07/2011 09:40 AM, Darrick J. Wong wrote:
> > >That said, I haven't really quantified the performance impact of this naive
> > >approach yet, so I wonder -- did you see a similar scenario with ocfs2, and
> > >what kind of performance increase did you get by adapting the code to use the
> > >jbd2 trigger? If there's potentially a large increase, it would be interesting
> > >to apply the same conversion to the group descriptor checksumming code too.
> >
> > Joel Becker may remember the overhead. He wrote the patch. That said we have few
> > differences. ocfs2 has larger (blocksized) inodes. Also, it computes ECC. The code
> > is in fs/ocfs2/blockcheck.c.

Heh, yes, ext4 uses a fairly simple crc16 and the inodes are (most likely) not
block sized.

> ocfs2 does the journal access/journal dirty cycle a lot more
> than extN. I think you'd want to generate your own numbers.

Ok, I ran both the mailserver ffsb profile and a quick-and-dumb test that tried
to dirty inodes as fast as it could. On both a regular disk, an SSD, and a
loopmounted ext4 on a tmpfs I couldn't really see much of a performance
difference at all. I'll see about giving this a try once I get the field
location and e2fsck behavior more firmly resolved, though I suspect I won't see
much gain.

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