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Date:   Fri, 30 Aug 2019 17:35:20 +0200
From:   Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>
To:     Andreas Dilger <adilger@...ger.ca>
Cc:     Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz>, Dave Chinner <david@...morbit.com>,
        Joseph Qi <joseph.qi@...ux.alibaba.com>,
        Theodore Ts'o <tytso@....edu>, linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 0/3] Revert parallel dio reads

On Thu 29-08-19 13:06:22, Andreas Dilger wrote:
> On Aug 29, 2019, at 4:58 AM, Jan Kara <jack@...e.cz> wrote:
> > 
> > On Tue 27-08-19 21:51:18, Dave Chinner wrote:
> >> On Tue, Aug 27, 2019 at 10:05:49AM +0800, Joseph Qi wrote:
> >>> This patch set is trying to revert parallel dio reads feature at present
> >>> since it causes significant performance regression in mixed random
> >>> read/write scenario.
> >>> 
> >>> Joseph Qi (3):
> >>>  Revert "ext4: remove EXT4_STATE_DIOREAD_LOCK flag"
> >>>  Revert "ext4: fix off-by-one error when writing back pages before dio
> >>>    read"
> >>>  Revert "ext4: Allow parallel DIO reads"
> >>> 
> >>> fs/ext4/ext4.h        | 17 +++++++++++++++++
> >>> fs/ext4/extents.c     | 19 ++++++++++++++-----
> >>> fs/ext4/inode.c       | 47 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++----------------
> >>> fs/ext4/ioctl.c       |  4 ++++
> >>> fs/ext4/move_extent.c |  4 ++++
> >>> fs/ext4/super.c       | 12 +++++++-----
> >>> 6 files changed, 77 insertions(+), 26 deletions(-)
> >> 
> >> Before doing this, you might want to have a chat and co-ordinate
> >> with the folks that are currently trying to port the ext4 direct IO
> >> code to use the iomap infrastructure:
> >> 
> >> https://lore.kernel.org/linux-ext4/20190827095221.GA1568@poseidon.bobrowski.net/T/#t
> >> 
> >> That is going to need the shared locking on read and will work just
> >> fine with shared locking on write, too (it's the code that XFS uses
> >> for direct IO). So it might be best here if you work towards shared
> >> locking on the write side rather than just revert the shared locking
> >> on the read side....
> > 
> > Yeah, after converting ext4 DIO path to iomap infrastructure, using shared
> > inode lock for all aligned non-extending DIO writes will be easy so I'd
> > prefer if we didn't have to redo the iomap conversion patches due to these
> > reverts.
> 
> But if the next kernel is LTS and the iomap implementation isn't in the
> current merge window (very unlikely) then we're stuck with this performance
> hit for LTS.  It is also unlikely that LTS will take the revert patches if
> they have not been landed to master.

I agree this is not great but the regression is there for 3 years, it has
been released in major distribution kernels quite a long time ago, and only
now someone complained. So it doesn't seem many people care about
performance of mixed RW workload when mounted with dioread_nolock (note
that the patches actually improve performance of read-only DIO workload
when not using dioread_nolock as for that case, exclusive lock is replaced
with a shared one).

									Honza
-- 
Jan Kara <jack@...e.com>
SUSE Labs, CR

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