[PATCH] dio: track and serialise unaligned direct IO

Dave Chinner david at fromorbit.com
Tue Aug 3 23:22:18 CDT 2010


On Tue, Aug 03, 2010 at 04:41:14PM -0700, Mingming Cao wrote:
> On Wed, 2010-08-04 at 08:56 +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > On Tue, Aug 03, 2010 at 10:34:25AM -0700, Mingming Cao wrote:
> > > On Fri, 2010-07-30 at 14:53 +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > > > On Thu, Jul 29, 2010 at 08:53:24PM -0600, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> > > > > On Fri, Jul 30, 2010 at 08:45:16AM +1000, Dave Chinner wrote:
> > > > > > If we get two unaligned direct IO's to the same filesystem block
> > > > > > that is marked as a new allocation (i.e. buffer_new), then both IOs will
> > > > > > zero the portion of the block they are not writing data to. As a
> > > > > > result, when the IOs complete there will be a portion of the block
> > > > > > that contains zeros from the last IO to complete rather than the
> > > > > > data that should be there.
> > ....
> > > > I don't want any direct IO for XFS to go through the page cache -
> > > > unaligned or not. using the page cache for the unaligned blocks
> > > > would also be much worse for performance that this method because it
> > > > turns unaligned direct IO into 3 IOs - the unaligned head block, the
> > > > aligned body and the unaligned tail block. It would also be a
> > > > performance hit you take on every single dio, whereas this way the
> > > > hit is only taken when an overlap is detected.
> > > 
> > > Does this problem also possible for DIO and non AIO case? (Ext4 case
> > > this only happy with AIO+DIO+unaligned).  If not, could we simply force
> > > unaligned AIO+DIO to be synchronous? Still direct IO...
> > 
> > There is nothing specific to AIO about this bug. XFS (at least)
> > allows concurrent DIO writes to the same inode regardless of whether
> > they are dispatched via AIO or multiple separate threads and so the
> > race condition exists outside just the AIO context...
> > 
> 
> Okay..yeah ext4 prevent direct IO write to the same inode from multiple
> threads, so this is not a issue for non-aio case.
> 
> How does XFS serialize direct IO (aligned) to the same file offset(or
> overlap) from multiple threads?

It doesn't. The 1996 usenix paper describes it well:

http://oss.sgi.com/projects/xfs/papers/xfs_usenix/index.html

See section 6.2 "Performing File I/O", sepcifically the sections on
"Using Direct I/O" and "Using Multiple Processes". Quote:

"When using direct I/O, multiple readers and writers can all access
the file simultaneously. Currently, when using direct I/O and
multiple writers, we place the burden of serializing writes to the
same region of the file on the application."

This is still true 15 years later....


Cheers,

Dave.
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Dave Chinner
david at fromorbit.com




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