On Sun, Jul 18, 2010 at 05:17:11PM -0400, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> Our current handling of direct I/O completions is rather suboptimal,
> because we defer it to a workqueue more often than needed, and we
> perform a much to aggressive flush of the workqueue in case unwritten
> extent conversions happen.
> This patch changes the direct I/O reads to not even use a completion
> handler, as we don't bother to use it at all, and to perform the unwritten
> extent conversions in caller context for synchronous direct I/O.
> For a small I/O size direct I/O workload on a consumer grade SSD, such as
> the untar of a kernel tree inside qemu this patch gives speedups of
> about 5%. Getting us much closer to the speed of a native block device,
> or a fully allocated XFS file.
> Signed-off-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@xxxxxx>
Looks a lot saner - getting rid of the workqueue flushes is a good
Reviewed-by: Dave Chinner <dchinner@xxxxxxxxxx>