[Top] [All Lists]

Re: working on extent locks for i_mutex

To: Allison Henderson <achender@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: working on extent locks for i_mutex
From: Dave Chinner <david@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 16 Jan 2012 10:57:47 +1100
Cc: Lukas Czerner <lczerner@xxxxxxxxxx>, Ext4 Developers List <linux-ext4@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, xfs@xxxxxxxxxxx
In-reply-to: <4F10992C.3070303@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
References: <4F0F9E97.1090403@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> <20120113043411.GH2806@dastard> <4F10992C.3070303@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
User-agent: Mutt/1.5.21 (2010-09-15)
On Fri, Jan 13, 2012 at 01:50:52PM -0700, Allison Henderson wrote:
> On 01/12/2012 09:34 PM, Dave Chinner wrote:
> >On Thu, Jan 12, 2012 at 08:01:43PM -0700, Allison Henderson wrote:
> >>Hi All,
> >>
> >>I know this is an old topic, but I am poking it again because I've
> >>had some work items wrap up, and Im planning on picking up on this
> >>one again.  I am thinking about implementing extent locks to replace
> >>i_mutex.  So I just wanted to touch base with folks and see what
> >>people are working on because I know there were some folks out there
> >>that were thing about doing similar solutions.
> >
> >What locking API are you looking at? If you are looking at an
> >something like:
> >
> >read_range_{try}lock(lock, off, len)
> >read_range_unlock(lock, off, len)
> >write_range_{try}lock(lock, off, len)
> >write_range_unlock(lock, off, len)
> >
> >and implementing with an rbtree or a btree for tracking, then I
> >definitely have a use for it in XFS - replacing the current rwsem
> >that is used for the iolock. Range locks like this are the only
> >thing we need to allow concurrent buffered writes to the same file
> >to maintain the per-write exclusion that posix requires.
> Yes that is generally the idea I was thinking about doing, but at
> the time, I was not thinking outside the scope of ext4.  You are
> thinking maybe it should be in vfs layer so that it's something that
> all the filesystems will use?  That seems to be the impression I'm
> getting from folks.  Thx!

Yes, that's what I'm suggesting. Not so much a vfs layer function,
but a library (range locks could be useful outside filesystems) so
locating it in lib/ was what I was thinking....


Dave Chinner

<Prev in Thread] Current Thread [Next in Thread>
  • Re: working on extent locks for i_mutex, Dave Chinner <=