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Date:	Fri, 23 Mar 2012 19:10:31 -0600
From:	Andreas Dilger <>
To:	Andi Kleen <>
Subject: Re: [RFC, PATCH] Avoid hot statistics cache line in ext4 extent cache

On 2012-03-23, at 4:17 PM, Andi Kleen wrote:
> We found that the super block cache line containing the extent cache
> hit/miss statistics counters is very hot in IO workloads.  
> Besides the counter seems racy anyways and can lose updates because
> it's not atomic.
> Disabling the counter make a very measurable difference in some IO
> micro benchmarks on a 4S system.
> I just disabled it for now because it doesn't seem very useful due
> to its racy nature. An alternative would be to turn it into a per
> cpu counter, if someone really needs it.
> Simple patch to disable it appended.
> -Andi

The patch only disables the statistics counting, but not the sysfs
files that will now report bogus statistics.  I don't disagree with
disabling these stats, but if you are disabling the accounting you
should also comment out the functions in fs/ext4/super.c that are
printing out these statistics.

Cheers, Andreas

> ---
> Disable statistics counter in ext4
> This super bloc cache line is very hot and slows down high IO 
> workloads.
> Signed-off-by: Andi Kleen <>
> diff --git a/fs/ext4/extents.c b/fs/ext4/extents.c
> index 74f23c2..7310b0e 100644
> --- a/fs/ext4/extents.c
> +++ b/fs/ext4/extents.c
> @@ -2049,10 +2049,12 @@ static int ext4_ext_check_cache(struct inode *inode, ext4_lblk_t block,
> 		ret = 1;
> 	}
> errout:
> +#if 0
> 	if (!ret)
> 		sbi->extent_cache_misses++;
> 	else
> 		sbi->extent_cache_hits++;
> +#endif
> 	trace_ext4_ext_in_cache(inode, block, ret);
> 	spin_unlock(&EXT4_I(inode)->i_block_reservation_lock);
> 	return ret;
> -- 
> -- Speaking for myself only
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