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Date:   Thu, 20 Jun 2019 13:22:08 -0400
From:   "Theodore Ts'o" <tytso@....edu>
To:     Ross Zwisler <zwisler@...gle.com>
Cc:     Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>, Ross Zwisler <zwisler@...omium.org>,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org,
        Alexander Viro <viro@...iv.linux.org.uk>,
        Andreas Dilger <adilger.kernel@...ger.ca>,
        Jan Kara <jack@...e.com>, linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org, linux-mm@...ck.org,
        Fletcher Woodruff <fletcherw@...gle.com>,
        Justin TerAvest <teravest@...gle.com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/3] jbd2: introduce jbd2_inode dirty range scoping

On Thu, Jun 20, 2019 at 09:09:11AM -0600, Ross Zwisler wrote:
> We could definitely keep separate dirty ranges for each of the current and
> next transaction.  I think the case where you would see a difference would be
> if you had multiple transactions in a row which grew the dirty range for a
> given jbd2_inode, and then had a random I/O workload which kept dirtying pages
> inside that enlarged dirty range.
> 
> I'm not sure how often this type of workload would be a problem.  For the
> workloads I've been testing which purely append to the inode, having a single
> dirty range per jbd2_inode is sufficient.

My inclination would be to keep things simple for now, unless we have
a real workload that tickles this.  In the long run I'm hoping to
remove the need to do writebacks from the journal thread altogether,
by always updating the metadata blocks *after* the I/O completes,
instead of before we submit the I/O.

					- Ted

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