Re: [PATCH 2/5] writeback: dirty position control

From: Wu Fengguang
Date: Mon Aug 08 2011 - 18:47:53 EST

On Mon, Aug 08, 2011 at 10:31:49PM +0800, Peter Zijlstra wrote:
> On Mon, 2011-08-08 at 22:11 +0800, Wu Fengguang wrote:
> > It's actually dead code because (origin < limit) should never happen.
> > I feel so good being able to drop 5 more lines of code :)
> OK, but that leaves me trying to figure out what origin is, and why its
> 4 * thresh.

origin is where the control line crosses the X axis (in both the
global/bdi setpoint cases).

"4 * thresh" is merely something larger than max(dirty, thresh)
that yields reasonably gentle slope. The more slope, the larger
"gravity" to bring the dirty pages back to the setpoint.

> I'm having a horrible time understanding this stuff.

Sorry for that. Do you have more questions?

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