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Re: [PATCH 2/9]: Reduce Log I/O latency

To: David Chinner <dgc@xxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/9]: Reduce Log I/O latency
From: Andi Kleen <andi@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 22 Nov 2007 01:49:25 +0100
Cc: xfs-oss <xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx>, lkml <linux-kernel@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
In-reply-to: <20071122003339.GH114266761__34694.2978365861$1195691722$gmane$org@xxxxxxx> (David Chinner's message of "Thu\, 22 Nov 2007 11\:33\:39 +1100")
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David Chinner <dgc@xxxxxxx> writes:

> To ensure that log I/O is issued as the highest priority I/O, set
> the I/O priority of the log I/O to the highest possible. This will
> ensure that log I/O is not held up behind bulk data or other
> metadata I/O as delaying log I/O can pause the entire transaction
> subsystem. Introduce a new buffer flag to allow us to tag the log
> buffers so we can discrimiate when issuing the I/O.

Won't that possible disturb other RT priority users that do not need 
log IO (e.g. working on preallocated files)? Seems a little
dangerous.

I suspect you want a "higher than bulk but lower than RT" priority
for this really unless there is any block RT priority task waiting
for log IO (but keeping track of the later might be tricky) 

-Andi


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