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SubjectRe: [PATCH 7/7] fs-writeback: only allow one inflight and pending full flush
On 09/28/2017 08:09 PM, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On 09/25/2017 11:35 AM, Jan Kara wrote:
>> On Thu 21-09-17 10:00:25, Jens Axboe wrote:
>>> On 09/21/2017 09:36 AM, Jens Axboe wrote:
>>>>> But more importantly once we are not guaranteed that we only have
>>>>> a single global wb_writeback_work per bdi_writeback we should just
>>>>> embedd that into struct bdi_writeback instead of dynamically
>>>>> allocating it.
>>>> We could do this as a followup. But right now the logic is that we
>>>> can have on started (inflight), and still have one new queued.
>>> Something like the below would fit on top to do that. Gets rid of the
>>> allocation and embeds the work item for global start-all in the
>>> bdi_writeback structure.
>> Hum, so when we consider stuff like embedded work item, I would somewhat
>> prefer to handle this like we do for for_background and for_kupdate style
>> writeback so that we don't have another special case. For these don't queue
>> any item, we just queue writeback work into the workqueue (via
>> wb_wakeup()). When flusher work gets processed wb_do_writeback() checks
>> (after processing all normal writeback requests) whether conditions for
>> these special writeback styles are met and if yes, it creates on-stack work
>> item and processes it (see wb_check_old_data_flush() and
>> wb_check_background_flush()).
>> So in this case we would just set some flag in bdi_writeback when memory
>> reclaim needs help and wb_do_writeback() would check for this flag and
>> create and process writeback-all style writeback work. Granted this does
>> not preserve ordering of requests (basically any specific request gets
>> priority over writeback-whole-world request) but memory gets cleaned in
>> either case so flusher should be doing what is needed.
> How about something like the below? It's on top of the latest series,
> which is in my wb-start-all branch. It handles start_all like the
> background/kupdate style writeback, reusing the WB_start_all bit for
> that.
> On a plane, so untested, but it seems pretty straight forward. It
> changes the logic a little bit, as the WB_start_all bit isn't cleared
> until after we're done with a flush-all request. At this point it's
> truly on inflight at any point in time, not one inflight and one
> potentially queued.

I tested it, with adding a patch that actually enables laptop completion
triggers on blk-mq (not there before, an oversight, will send that out
separately). It works fine for me, verified with tracing that we do
trigger flushes with completions from laptop mode.

Jens Axboe

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