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Date:	Wed, 05 Nov 2008 16:10:12 -0700
From:	Andreas Dilger <adilger@....com>
To:	Josef Bacik <jbacik@...hat.com>
Cc:	tytso@....edu, linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] imporve jbd2 fsync batching

On Nov 04, 2008  11:10 -0500, Josef Bacik wrote:
> somebody does a sync write or an fsync() traditionally we would sleep for 1
> jiffies, which depending on the value of HZ could be a significant amount of
> time compared to how long it takes to commit a transaction to the underlying
> storage.  With this patch instead of sleeping for a jiffie, we check to see if
> the amount of time this transaction has been running is less than the average
> commit time, and if it is we sleep for the delta using schedule_hrtimeout to
> give us a higher precision sleep time.  This greatly benefits high end storage
> where you could end up sleeping for longer than it takes to commit the
> transaction and therefore sitting idle instead of allowing the transaction to
> be committed by keeping the sleep time to a minimum so you are sure to always
> be doing something.

There was no reply to my previous comments about making the maximum sleep
time be a fixed value (e.g. 15ms) instead of having it arbitrarily based
on the jiffies value, which may change between 1ms and 10ms.

I don't object to this being included in ext4, but I suspect it could do
even better, or at least be more consistent than depending on the HZ value.

Cheers, Andreas
--
Andreas Dilger
Sr. Staff Engineer, Lustre Group
Sun Microsystems of Canada, Inc.

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