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SubjectRe: Injecting delays into block layer

On 06.12.2019 17:17, Paolo Valente wrote:
> Simone (in CC) and I have worked a little bit on reproducing the I/O
> freeze you report. Simone made a small change in SCSI_debug, which
> makes the latter serve I/O with a highly varying random delay (100ms -
> 1s), about twice a second.
> Then, to generate some fluctuating and heavy I/O, he ran the
> script of my S suite with SCSI_debug a few times.
> Unfortunately, he didn't succeed in reproducing the problem. If you
> want, we can send you a patch with his change for SCSI_debug.
> Any news on your side?

FWIW, I guess I'm safe to exclude BFQ at the moment since I've
encountered a very similar issue without having BFQ enabled.

Also, I think this might be unrelated to the block layer at all. I
suspect there's some race between MADV_MERGEABLE and MADV_DONTNEED since
this is what's hammering the affected tasks and what I see from the call

I'll investigate further and probably talk to MM people instead. Sorry
for the noise.

Oleksandr Natalenko (post-factum)

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