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ext4: fix performance regression in writeback of random writes

The Linux Kernel Performance project guys have reported that commit
4e7ea81db5 introduces a performance regression for the following fio
workload:

[global]
direct=0
ioengine=mmap
size=1500M
bs=4k
pre_read=1
numjobs=1
overwrite=1
loops=5
runtime=300
group_reporting
invalidate=0
directory=/mnt/
file_service_type=random:36
file_service_type=random:36

[job0]
startdelay=0
rw=randrw
filename=data0/f1:data0/f2

[job1]
startdelay=0
rw=randrw
filename=data0/f2:data0/f1
...

[job7]
startdelay=0
rw=randrw
filename=data0/f2:data0/f1

The culprit of the problem is that after the commit ext4_writepages()
are more aggressive in writing back pages. Thus we have less consecutive
dirty pages resulting in more seeking.

This increased aggressivity is caused by a bug in the condition
terminating ext4_writepages(). We start writing from the beginning of
the file even if we should have terminated ext4_writepages() because
wbc->nr_to_write <= 0.

After fixing the condition the throughput of the fio workload is about 20%
better than before writeback reorganization.

Reported-by: "Yan, Zheng" <zheng.z.yan@intel.com>
Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <tytso@mit.edu>
master
Jan Kara 8 years ago
committed by Theodore Ts'o
parent
commit
9c12a831d7
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      fs/ext4/inode.c

2
fs/ext4/inode.c

@ -2559,7 +2559,7 @@ retry:
break;
}
blk_finish_plug(&plug);
if (!ret && !cycled) {
if (!ret && !cycled && wbc->nr_to_write > 0) {
cycled = 1;
mpd.last_page = writeback_index - 1;
mpd.first_page = 0;

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