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Date:   Mon, 8 Feb 2021 14:12:10 +0800
From:   Shaokun Zhang <>
To:     Andrew Morton <>
CC:     <>, <>,
        Yang Guo <>,
        Alexander Viro <>,
        Nick Piggin <>
Subject: Re: [PATCH] fs/buffer.c: Add checking buffer head stat before clear

Hi Andrew,

在 2021/2/6 7:45, Andrew Morton 写道:
> On Wed, 3 Feb 2021 14:14:50 +0800 Shaokun Zhang <> wrote:
>> From: Yang Guo <>
>> clear_buffer_new() is used to clear buffer new stat. When PAGE_SIZE
>> is 64K, most buffer heads in the list are not needed to clear.
>> clear_buffer_new() has an enpensive atomic modification operation,
>> Let's add checking buffer head before clear it as __block_write_begin_int
>> does which is good for performance.
> Did this produce any measurable improvement?

It has been tested on Huwei Kunpeng 920 which is ARM64 platform and test commond is below:
numactl --cpunodebind=0 --membind=0 fio -name=randwrite -numjobs=16 -filename=/mnt/test1
-rw=randwrite -ioengine=libaio -direct=0 -iodepth=64 -sync=0 -norandommap -group_reporting
-runtime=60 -time_based -bs=4k -size=5G

The test result before patch:
WRITE: bw=930MiB/s (976MB/s), 930MiB/s-930MiB/s (976MB/s-976MB/s), io=54.5GiB (58.5GB),

The test result after patch:
WRITE: bw=958MiB/s (1005MB/s), 958MiB/s-958MiB/s (1005MB/s-1005MB/s), io=56.1GiB (60.3GB),

> Perhaps we should give clear_buffer_x() the same optimization as
> set_buffer_x()?

Good catch,
but we check it more about it, if we do it the same as set_buffer_x(),
many more codes will be fixed, such as ext4_wait_block_bitmap
it has done sanity check using buffer_new and clear_buffer_new
will check it again.


> static __always_inline void set_buffer_##name(struct buffer_head *bh)	\
> {									\
> 	if (!test_bit(BH_##bit, &(bh)->b_state))			\
> 		set_bit(BH_##bit, &(bh)->b_state);			\
> }									\
> static __always_inline void clear_buffer_##name(struct buffer_head *bh)	\
> {									\
> 	clear_bit(BH_##bit, &(bh)->b_state);				\
> }									\
> .

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