[PATCH 09/37] xfs: on-stack delayed write buffer lists
tinguely at sgi.com
Wed Apr 25 13:34:15 CDT 2012
On 04/23/12 00:58, Dave Chinner wrote:
> From: Christoph Hellwig<hch at infradead.org>
> Queue delwri buffers on a local on-stack list instead of a per-buftarg one,
> and write back the buffers per-process instead of by waking up xfsbufd.
> This is now easily doable given that we have very few places left that write
> delwri buffers:
> - log recovery:
> Only done at mount time, and already forcing out the buffers
> synchronously using xfs_flush_buftarg
> - quotacheck:
> Same story.
> - dquot reclaim:
> Writes out dirty dquots on the LRU under memory pressure. We might
> want to look into doing more of this via xfsaild, but it's already
> more optimal than the synchronous inode reclaim that writes each
> buffer synchronously.
> - xfsaild:
> This is the main beneficiary of the change. By keeping a local list
> of buffers to write we reduce latency of writing out buffers, and
> more importably we can remove all the delwri list promotions which
> were hitting the buffer cache hard under sustained metadata loads.
> The implementation is very straight forward - xfs_buf_delwri_queue now gets
> a new list_head pointer that it adds the delwri buffers to, and all callers
> need to eventually submit the list using xfs_buf_delwi_submit or
> xfs_buf_delwi_submit_nowait. Buffers that already are on a delwri list are
> skipped in xfs_buf_delwri_queue, assuming they already are on another delwri
> list. The biggest change to pass down the buffer list was done to the AIL
> pushing. Now that we operate on buffers the trylock, push and pushbuf log
> item methods are merged into a single push routine, which tries to lock the
> item, and if possible add the buffer that needs writeback to the buffer list.
> This leads to much simpler code than the previous split but requires the
> individual IOP_PUSH instances to unlock and reacquire the AIL around calls
> to blocking routines.
> Given that xfsailds now also handle writing out buffers, the conditions for
> log forcing and the sleep times needed some small changes. The most
> important one is that we consider an AIL busy as long we still have buffers
> to push, and the other one is that we do increment the pushed LSN for
> buffers that are under flushing at this moment, but still count them towards
> the stuck items for restart purposes. Without this we could hammer on stuck
> items without ever forcing the log and not make progress under heavy random
> delete workloads on fast flash storage devices.
> [ Dave Chinner:
> - rebase on previous patches.
> - improved comments for XBF_DELWRI_Q handling
> - fix XBF_ASYNC handling in queue submission (test 106 failure)
> - rename delwri submit function buffer list parameters for clarity
> - xfs_efd_item_push() should return XFS_ITEM_PINNED ]
> Signed-off-by: Christoph Hellwig<hch at lst.de>
> Reviewed-by: Dave Chinner<dchinner at redhat.com>
Reviewed-by: Mark Tinguely <tinguely at sgi.com>
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