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Date:   Mon, 13 Dec 2021 16:07:36 +1100
From:   Dave Chinner <david@...morbit.com>
To:     NeilBrown <neilb@...e.de>
Cc:     Andrew Morton <akpm@...ux-foundation.org>,
        Mel Gorman <mgorman@...e.de>,
        Philipp Reisner <philipp.reisner@...bit.com>,
        Lars Ellenberg <lars.ellenberg@...bit.com>,
        Jan Kara <jack@...e.com>,
        Ryusuke Konishi <konishi.ryusuke@...il.com>,
        "Darrick J. Wong" <djwong@...nel.org>, linux-xfs@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-ext4@...r.kernel.org, linux-nilfs@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-mm@...ck.org, linux-fsdevel@...r.kernel.org,
        linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH 2/2] Remove bdi_congested() and wb_congested() and
 related functions

On Mon, Dec 13, 2021 at 03:14:27PM +1100, NeilBrown wrote:
> These functions are no longer useful as the only bdis that report
> congestion are in ceph, fuse, and nfs.  None of those bdis can be the
> target of the calls in drbd, ext2, nilfs2, or xfs.
> 
> Removing the test on bdi_write_contested() in current_may_throttle()
> could cause a small change in behaviour, but only when PF_LOCAL_THROTTLE
> is set.
> 
> So replace the calls by 'false' and simplify the code - and remove the
> functions.
> 
> Signed-off-by: NeilBrown <neilb@...e.de>
....
> diff --git a/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c b/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> index 631c5a61d89b..22f73b3e888e 100644
> --- a/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> +++ b/fs/xfs/xfs_buf.c
> @@ -843,9 +843,6 @@ xfs_buf_readahead_map(
>  {
>  	struct xfs_buf		*bp;
>  
> -	if (bdi_read_congested(target->bt_bdev->bd_disk->bdi))
> -		return;

Ok, but this isn't a "throttle writeback" test here - it's trying to
avoid having speculative readahead blocking on a full request queue
instead of just skipping the readahead IO. i.e. prevent readahead
thrashing and/or adding unnecessary read load when we already have a
full read queue...

So what is the replacement for that? We want to skip the entire
buffer lookup/setup/read overhead if we're likely to block on IO
submission - is there anything we can use to do this these days?

Cheers,

Dave.
-- 
Dave Chinner
david@...morbit.com

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