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2013-02-21bdi: allow block devices to say that they require stable page writesDarrick J. Wong
This patchset ("stable page writes, part 2") makes some key modifications to the original 'stable page writes' patchset. First, it provides creators (devices and filesystems) of a backing_dev_info a flag that declares whether or not it is necessary to ensure that page contents cannot change during writeout. It is no longer assumed that this is true of all devices (which was never true anyway). Second, the flag is used to relaxed the wait_on_page_writeback calls so that wait only occurs if the device needs it. Third, it fixes up the remaining disk-backed filesystems to use this improved conditional-wait logic to provide stable page writes on those filesystems. It is hoped that (for people not using checksumming devices, anyway) this patchset will give back unnecessary performance decreases since the original stable page write patchset went into 3.0. Sorry about not fixing it sooner. Complaints were registered by several people about the long write latencies introduced by the original stable page write patchset. Generally speaking, the kernel ought to allocate as little extra memory as possible to facilitate writeout, but for people who simply cannot wait, a second page stability strategy is (re)introduced: snapshotting page contents. The waiting behavior is still the default strategy; to enable page snapshotting, a superblock flag (MS_SNAP_STABLE) must be set. This flag is used to bandaid^Henable stable page writeback on ext3[1], and is not used anywhere else. Given that there are already a few storage devices and network FSes that have rolled their own page stability wait/page snapshot code, it would be nice to move towards consolidating all of these. It seems possible that iscsi and raid5 may wish to use the new stable page write support to enable zero-copy writeout. Thank you to Jan Kara for helping fix a couple more filesystems. Per Andrew Morton's request, here are the result of using dbench to measure latencies on ext2: 3.8.0-rc3: Operation Count AvgLat MaxLat ---------------------------------------- WriteX 109347 0.028 59.817 ReadX 347180 0.004 3.391 Flush 15514 29.828 287.283 Throughput 57.429 MB/sec 4 clients 4 procs max_latency=287.290 ms 3.8.0-rc3 + patches: WriteX 105556 0.029 4.273 ReadX 335004 0.005 4.112 Flush 14982 30.540 298.634 Throughput 55.4496 MB/sec 4 clients 4 procs max_latency=298.650 ms As you can see, for ext2 the maximum write latency decreases from ~60ms on a laptop hard disk to ~4ms. I'm not sure why the flush latencies increase, though I suspect that being able to dirty pages faster gives the flusher more work to do. On ext4, the average write latency decreases as well as all the maximum latencies: 3.8.0-rc3: WriteX 85624 0.152 33.078 ReadX 272090 0.010 61.210 Flush 12129 36.219 168.260 Throughput 44.8618 MB/sec 4 clients 4 procs max_latency=168.276 ms 3.8.0-rc3 + patches: WriteX 86082 0.141 30.928 ReadX 273358 0.010 36.124 Flush 12214 34.800 165.689 Throughput 44.9941 MB/sec 4 clients 4 procs max_latency=165.722 ms XFS seems to exhibit similar latency improvements as ext2: 3.8.0-rc3: WriteX 125739 0.028 104.343 ReadX 399070 0.005 4.115 Flush 17851 25.004 131.390 Throughput 66.0024 MB/sec 4 clients 4 procs max_latency=131.406 ms 3.8.0-rc3 + patches: WriteX 123529 0.028 6.299 ReadX 392434 0.005 4.287 Flush 17549 25.120 188.687 Throughput 64.9113 MB/sec 4 clients 4 procs max_latency=188.704 ms ...and btrfs, just to round things out, also shows some latency decreases: 3.8.0-rc3: WriteX 67122 0.083 82.355 ReadX 212719 0.005 2.828 Flush 9547 47.561 147.418 Throughput 35.3391 MB/sec 4 clients 4 procs max_latency=147.433 ms 3.8.0-rc3 + patches: WriteX 64898 0.101 71.631 ReadX 206673 0.005 7.123 Flush 9190 47.963 219.034 Throughput 34.0795 MB/sec 4 clients 4 procs max_latency=219.044 ms Before this patchset, all filesystems would block, regardless of whether or not it was necessary. ext3 would wait, but still generate occasional checksum errors. The network filesystems were left to do their own thing, so they'd wait too. After this patchset, all the disk filesystems except ext3 and btrfs will wait only if the hardware requires it. ext3 (if necessary) snapshots pages instead of blocking, and btrfs provides its own bdi so the mm will never wait. Network filesystems haven't been touched, so either they provide their own wait code, or they don't block at all. The blocking behavior is back to what it was before 3.0 if you don't have a disk requiring stable page writes. This patchset has been tested on 3.8.0-rc3 on x64 with ext3, ext4, and xfs. I've spot-checked 3.8.0-rc4 and seem to be getting the same results as -rc3. [1] The alternative fixes to ext3 include fixing the locking order and page bit handling like we did for ext4 (but then why not just use ext4?), or setting PG_writeback so early that ext3 becomes extremely slow. I tried that, but the number of write()s I could initiate dropped by nearly an order of magnitude. That was a bit much even for the author of the stable page series! :) This patch: Creates a per-backing-device flag that tracks whether or not pages must be held immutable during writeout. Eventually it will be used to waive wait_for_page_writeback() if nothing requires stable pages. Signed-off-by: Darrick J. Wong <darrick.wong@oracle.com> Reviewed-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Cc: Adrian Hunter <adrian.hunter@intel.com> Cc: Andy Lutomirski <luto@amacapital.net> Cc: Artem Bityutskiy <dedekind1@gmail.com> Cc: Joel Becker <jlbec@evilplan.org> Cc: Mark Fasheh <mfasheh@suse.com> Cc: Steven Whitehouse <swhiteho@redhat.com> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Cc: Eric Van Hensbergen <ericvh@gmail.com> Cc: Ron Minnich <rminnich@sandia.gov> Cc: Latchesar Ionkov <lucho@ionkov.net> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2012-12-17Revert "bdi: add a user-tunable cpu_list for the bdi flusher threads"Linus Torvalds
This reverts commit 8fa72d234da9b6b473bbb1f74d533663e4996e6b. People disagree about how this should be done, so let's revert this for now so that nobody starts using the new tuning interface. Tejun is thinking about a more generic interface for thread pool affinity. Requested-by: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org> Acked-by: Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@redhat.com> Acked-by: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2012-12-05bdi: add a user-tunable cpu_list for the bdi flusher threadsJeff Moyer
In realtime environments, it may be desirable to keep the per-bdi flusher threads from running on certain cpus. This patch adds a cpu_list file to /sys/class/bdi/* to enable this. The default is to tie the flusher threads to the same numa node as the backing device (though I could be convinced to make it a mask of all cpus to avoid a change in behaviour). Thanks to Jeremy Eder for the original idea. Signed-off-by: Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@redhat.com> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk>
2012-08-25backing-dev: use kstrto* in preference to simple_strtoulNamjae Jeon
Fix checkpatch warnings: WARNING: consider using kstrto* in preference to simple_strtoul for the below sys entry parsers: /sys/block/<block device>/bdi/read_ahead_kb /sys/block/<block device>/bdi/max_ratio /sys/block/<block device>/bdi/min_ratio Signed-off-by: Namjae Jeon <linkinjeon@gmail.com> Signed-off-by: Vivek Trivedi <vtrivedi018@gmail.com>
2012-08-04vfs: kill write_super and sync_supersArtem Bityutskiy
Finally we can kill the 'sync_supers' kernel thread along with the '->write_super()' superblock operation because all the users are gone. Now every file-system is supposed to self-manage own superblock and its dirty state. The nice thing about killing this thread is that it improves power management. Indeed, 'sync_supers' is a source of monotonic system wake-ups - it woke up every 5 seconds no matter what - even if there were no dirty superblocks and even if there were no file-systems using this service (e.g., btrfs and journalled ext4 do not need it). So it was wasting power most of the time. And because the thread was in the core of the kernel, all systems had to have it. So I am quite happy to make it go away. Interestingly, this thread is a left-over from the pdflush kernel thread which was a self-forking kernel thread responsible for all the write-back in old Linux kernels. It was turned into per-block device BDI threads, and 'sync_supers' was a left-over. Thus, R.I.P, pdflush as well. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <artem.bityutskiy@linux.intel.com> Signed-off-by: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
2012-07-31mm: prepare for removal of obsolete /proc/sys/vm/nr_pdflush_threadsWanpeng Li
Since per-BDI flusher threads were introduced in 2.6, the pdflush mechanism is not used any more. But the old interface exported through /proc/sys/vm/nr_pdflush_threads still exists and is obviously useless. For back-compatibility, printk warning information and return 2 to notify the users that the interface is removed. Signed-off-by: Wanpeng Li <liwp@linux.vnet.ibm.com> Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2012-06-09block: Convert BDI proportion calculations to flexible proportionsJan Kara
Convert calculations of proportion of writeback each bdi does to new flexible proportion code. That allows us to use aging period of fixed wallclock time which gives better proportion estimates given the hugely varying throughput of different devices. Acked-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Signed-off-by: Fengguang Wu <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2012-02-01backing-dev: fix wakeup timer races with bdi_unregister()Rabin Vincent
While 7a401a972df8e18 ("backing-dev: ensure wakeup_timer is deleted") addressed the problem of the bdi being freed with a queued wakeup timer, there are other races that could happen if the wakeup timer expires after/during bdi_unregister(), before bdi_destroy() is called. wakeup_timer_fn() could attempt to wakeup a task which has already has been freed, or could access a NULL bdi->dev via the wake_forker_thread tracepoint. Cc: <stable@kernel.org> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Reported-by: Chanho Min <chanho.min@lge.com> Reviewed-by: Namjae Jeon <linkinjeon@gmail.com> Signed-off-by: Rabin Vincent <rabin@rab.in> Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-11-21freezer: implement and use kthread_freezable_should_stop()Tejun Heo
Writeback and thinkpad_acpi have been using thaw_process() to prevent deadlock between the freezer and kthread_stop(); unfortunately, this is inherently racy - nothing prevents freezing from happening between thaw_process() and kthread_stop(). This patch implements kthread_freezable_should_stop() which enters refrigerator if necessary but is guaranteed to return if kthread_stop() is invoked. Both thaw_process() users are converted to use the new function. Note that this deadlock condition exists for many of freezable kthreads. They need to be converted to use the new should_stop or freezable workqueue. Tested with synthetic test case. Signed-off-by: Tejun Heo <tj@kernel.org> Acked-by: Henrique de Moraes Holschuh <ibm-acpi@hmh.eng.br> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Cc: Oleg Nesterov <oleg@redhat.com>
2011-11-11backing-dev: ensure wakeup_timer is deletedRabin Vincent
bdi_prune_sb() in bdi_unregister() attempts to removes the bdi links from all super_blocks and then del_timer_sync() the writeback timer. However, this can race with __mark_inode_dirty(), leading to bdi_wakeup_thread_delayed() rearming the writeback timer on the bdi we're unregistering, after we've called del_timer_sync(). This can end up with the bdi being freed with an active timer inside it, as in the case of the following dump after the removal of an SD card. Fix this by redoing the del_timer_sync() in bdi_destory(). ------------[ cut here ]------------ WARNING: at /home/rabin/kernel/arm/lib/debugobjects.c:262 debug_print_object+0x9c/0xc8() ODEBUG: free active (active state 0) object type: timer_list hint: wakeup_timer_fn+0x0/0x180 Modules linked in: Backtrace: [<c00109dc>] (dump_backtrace+0x0/0x110) from [<c0236e4c>] (dump_stack+0x18/0x1c) r6:c02bc638 r5:00000106 r4:c79f5d18 r3:00000000 [<c0236e34>] (dump_stack+0x0/0x1c) from [<c0025e6c>] (warn_slowpath_common+0x54/0x6c) [<c0025e18>] (warn_slowpath_common+0x0/0x6c) from [<c0025f28>] (warn_slowpath_fmt+0x38/0x40) r8:20000013 r7:c780c6f0 r6:c031613c r5:c780c6f0 r4:c02b1b29 r3:00000009 [<c0025ef0>] (warn_slowpath_fmt+0x0/0x40) from [<c015eb4c>] (debug_print_object+0x9c/0xc8) r3:c02b1b29 r2:c02bc662 [<c015eab0>] (debug_print_object+0x0/0xc8) from [<c015f574>] (debug_check_no_obj_freed+0xac/0x1dc) r6:c7964000 r5:00000001 r4:c7964000 [<c015f4c8>] (debug_check_no_obj_freed+0x0/0x1dc) from [<c00a9e38>] (kmem_cache_free+0x88/0x1f8) [<c00a9db0>] (kmem_cache_free+0x0/0x1f8) from [<c014286c>] (blk_release_queue+0x70/0x78) [<c01427fc>] (blk_release_queue+0x0/0x78) from [<c015290c>] (kobject_release+0x70/0x84) r5:c79641f0 r4:c796420c [<c015289c>] (kobject_release+0x0/0x84) from [<c0153ce4>] (kref_put+0x68/0x80) r7:00000083 r6:c74083d0 r5:c015289c r4:c796420c [<c0153c7c>] (kref_put+0x0/0x80) from [<c01527d0>] (kobject_put+0x48/0x5c) r5:c79643b4 r4:c79641f0 [<c0152788>] (kobject_put+0x0/0x5c) from [<c013ddd8>] (blk_cleanup_queue+0x68/0x74) r4:c7964000 [<c013dd70>] (blk_cleanup_queue+0x0/0x74) from [<c01a6370>] (mmc_blk_put+0x78/0xe8) r5:00000000 r4:c794c400 [<c01a62f8>] (mmc_blk_put+0x0/0xe8) from [<c01a64b4>] (mmc_blk_release+0x24/0x38) r5:c794c400 r4:c0322824 [<c01a6490>] (mmc_blk_release+0x0/0x38) from [<c00de11c>] (__blkdev_put+0xe8/0x170) r5:c78d5e00 r4:c74083c0 [<c00de034>] (__blkdev_put+0x0/0x170) from [<c00de2c0>] (blkdev_put+0x11c/0x12c) r8:c79f5f70 r7:00000001 r6:c74083d0 r5:00000083 r4:c74083c0 r3:00000000 [<c00de1a4>] (blkdev_put+0x0/0x12c) from [<c00b0724>] (kill_block_super+0x60/0x6c) r7:c7942300 r6:c79f4000 r5:00000083 r4:c74083c0 [<c00b06c4>] (kill_block_super+0x0/0x6c) from [<c00b0a94>] (deactivate_locked_super+0x44/0x70) r6:c79f4000 r5:c031af64 r4:c794dc00 r3:c00b06c4 [<c00b0a50>] (deactivate_locked_super+0x0/0x70) from [<c00b1358>] (deactivate_super+0x6c/0x70) r5:c794dc00 r4:c794dc00 [<c00b12ec>] (deactivate_super+0x0/0x70) from [<c00c88b0>] (mntput_no_expire+0x188/0x194) r5:c794dc00 r4:c7942300 [<c00c8728>] (mntput_no_expire+0x0/0x194) from [<c00c95e0>] (sys_umount+0x2e4/0x310) r6:c7942300 r5:00000000 r4:00000000 r3:00000000 [<c00c92fc>] (sys_umount+0x0/0x310) from [<c000d940>] (ret_fast_syscall+0x0/0x30) ---[ end trace e5c83c92ada51c76 ]--- Cc: stable@kernel.org Signed-off-by: Rabin Vincent <rabin.vincent@stericsson.com> Signed-off-by: Linus Walleij <linus.walleij@linaro.org> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk>
2011-11-06Merge branch 'writeback-for-linus' of ↵Linus Torvalds
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/wfg/linux * 'writeback-for-linus' of git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/wfg/linux: writeback: Add a 'reason' to wb_writeback_work writeback: send work item to queue_io, move_expired_inodes writeback: trace event balance_dirty_pages writeback: trace event bdi_dirty_ratelimit writeback: fix ppc compile warnings on do_div(long long, unsigned long) writeback: per-bdi background threshold writeback: dirty position control - bdi reserve area writeback: control dirty pause time writeback: limit max dirty pause time writeback: IO-less balance_dirty_pages() writeback: per task dirty rate limit writeback: stabilize bdi->dirty_ratelimit writeback: dirty rate control writeback: add bg_threshold parameter to __bdi_update_bandwidth() writeback: dirty position control writeback: account per-bdi accumulated dirtied pages
2011-10-31mm-add-comment-explaining-task-state-setting-in-bdi_forker_thread-fixAndrew Morton
fiddle wording Cc: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2011-10-31writeback: Add a 'reason' to wb_writeback_workCurt Wohlgemuth
This creates a new 'reason' field in a wb_writeback_work structure, which unambiguously identifies who initiates writeback activity. A 'wb_reason' enumeration has been added to writeback.h, to enumerate the possible reasons. The 'writeback_work_class' and tracepoint event class and 'writeback_queue_io' tracepoints are updated to include the symbolic 'reason' in all trace events. And the 'writeback_inodes_sbXXX' family of routines has had a wb_stats parameter added to them, so callers can specify why writeback is being started. Acked-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Signed-off-by: Curt Wohlgemuth <curtw@google.com> Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-10-03writeback: stabilize bdi->dirty_ratelimitWu Fengguang
There are some imperfections in balanced_dirty_ratelimit. 1) large fluctuations The dirty_rate used for computing balanced_dirty_ratelimit is merely averaged in the past 200ms (very small comparing to the 3s estimation period for write_bw), which makes rather dispersed distribution of balanced_dirty_ratelimit. It's pretty hard to average out the singular points by increasing the estimation period. Considering that the averaging technique will introduce very undesirable time lags, I give it up totally. (btw, the 3s write_bw averaging time lag is much more acceptable because its impact is one-way and therefore won't lead to oscillations.) The more practical way is filtering -- most singular balanced_dirty_ratelimit points can be filtered out by remembering some prev_balanced_rate and prev_prev_balanced_rate. However the more reliable way is to guard balanced_dirty_ratelimit with task_ratelimit. 2) due to truncates and fs redirties, the (write_bw <=> dirty_rate) match could become unbalanced, which may lead to large systematical errors in balanced_dirty_ratelimit. The truncates, due to its possibly bumpy nature, can hardly be compensated smoothly. So let's face it. When some over-estimated balanced_dirty_ratelimit brings dirty_ratelimit high, dirty pages will go higher than the setpoint. task_ratelimit will in turn become lower than dirty_ratelimit. So if we consider both balanced_dirty_ratelimit and task_ratelimit and update dirty_ratelimit only when they are on the same side of dirty_ratelimit, the systematical errors in balanced_dirty_ratelimit won't be able to bring dirty_ratelimit far away. The balanced_dirty_ratelimit estimation may also be inaccurate near @limit or @freerun, however is less an issue. 3) since we ultimately want to - keep the fluctuations of task ratelimit as small as possible - keep the dirty pages around the setpoint as long time as possible the update policy used for (2) also serves the above goals nicely: if for some reason the dirty pages are high (task_ratelimit < dirty_ratelimit), and dirty_ratelimit is low (dirty_ratelimit < balanced_dirty_ratelimit), there is no point to bring up dirty_ratelimit in a hurry only to hurt both the above two goals. So, we make use of task_ratelimit to limit the update of dirty_ratelimit in two ways: 1) avoid changing dirty rate when it's against the position control target (the adjusted rate will slow down the progress of dirty pages going back to setpoint). 2) limit the step size. task_ratelimit is changing values step by step, leaving a consistent trace comparing to the randomly jumping balanced_dirty_ratelimit. task_ratelimit also has the nice smaller errors in stable state and typically larger errors when there are big errors in rate. So it's a pretty good limiting factor for the step size of dirty_ratelimit. Note that bdi->dirty_ratelimit is always tracking balanced_dirty_ratelimit. task_ratelimit is merely used as a limiting factor. Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-10-03writeback: dirty rate controlWu Fengguang
It's all about bdi->dirty_ratelimit, which aims to be (write_bw / N) when there are N dd tasks. On write() syscall, use bdi->dirty_ratelimit ============================================ balance_dirty_pages(pages_dirtied) { task_ratelimit = bdi->dirty_ratelimit * bdi_position_ratio(); pause = pages_dirtied / task_ratelimit; sleep(pause); } On every 200ms, update bdi->dirty_ratelimit =========================================== bdi_update_dirty_ratelimit() { task_ratelimit = bdi->dirty_ratelimit * bdi_position_ratio(); balanced_dirty_ratelimit = task_ratelimit * write_bw / dirty_rate; bdi->dirty_ratelimit = balanced_dirty_ratelimit } Estimation of balanced bdi->dirty_ratelimit =========================================== balanced task_ratelimit ----------------------- balance_dirty_pages() needs to throttle tasks dirtying pages such that the total amount of dirty pages stays below the specified dirty limit in order to avoid memory deadlocks. Furthermore we desire fairness in that tasks get throttled proportionally to the amount of pages they dirty. IOW we want to throttle tasks such that we match the dirty rate to the writeout bandwidth, this yields a stable amount of dirty pages: dirty_rate == write_bw (1) The fairness requirement gives us: task_ratelimit = balanced_dirty_ratelimit == write_bw / N (2) where N is the number of dd tasks. We don't know N beforehand, but still can estimate balanced_dirty_ratelimit within 200ms. Start by throttling each dd task at rate task_ratelimit = task_ratelimit_0 (3) (any non-zero initial value is OK) After 200ms, we measured dirty_rate = # of pages dirtied by all dd's / 200ms write_bw = # of pages written to the disk / 200ms For the aggressive dd dirtiers, the equality holds dirty_rate == N * task_rate == N * task_ratelimit_0 (4) Or task_ratelimit_0 == dirty_rate / N (5) Now we conclude that the balanced task ratelimit can be estimated by write_bw balanced_dirty_ratelimit = task_ratelimit_0 * ---------- (6) dirty_rate Because with (4) and (5) we can get the desired equality (1): write_bw balanced_dirty_ratelimit == (dirty_rate / N) * ---------- dirty_rate == write_bw / N Then using the balanced task ratelimit we can compute task pause times like: task_pause = task->nr_dirtied / task_ratelimit task_ratelimit with position control ------------------------------------ However, while the above gives us means of matching the dirty rate to the writeout bandwidth, it at best provides us with a stable dirty page count (assuming a static system). In order to control the dirty page count such that it is high enough to provide performance, but does not exceed the specified limit we need another control. The dirty position control works by extending (2) to task_ratelimit = balanced_dirty_ratelimit * pos_ratio (7) where pos_ratio is a negative feedback function that subjects to 1) f(setpoint) = 1.0 2) df/dx < 0 That is, if the dirty pages are ABOVE the setpoint, we throttle each task a bit more HEAVY than balanced_dirty_ratelimit, so that the dirty pages are created less fast than they are cleaned, thus DROP to the setpoints (and the reverse). Based on (7) and the assumption that both dirty_ratelimit and pos_ratio remains CONSTANT for the past 200ms, we get task_ratelimit_0 = balanced_dirty_ratelimit * pos_ratio (8) Putting (8) into (6), we get the formula used in bdi_update_dirty_ratelimit(): write_bw balanced_dirty_ratelimit *= pos_ratio * ---------- (9) dirty_rate Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-10-03writeback: account per-bdi accumulated dirtied pagesWu Fengguang
Introduce the BDI_DIRTIED counter. It will be used for estimating the bdi's dirty bandwidth. CC: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> CC: Michael Rubin <mrubin@google.com> CC: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-09-02mm: Add comment explaining task state setting in bdi_forker_thread()Jan Kara
CC: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> CC: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2011-09-02mm: Cleanup clearing of BDI_pending bit in bdi_forker_thread()Jan Kara
bdi_forker_thread() clears BDI_pending bit at the end of the main loop. However clearing of this bit must not be done in some cases which is handled by calling 'continue' from switch statement. That's kind of unusual construct and without a good reason so change the function into more intuitive code flow. CC: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> CC: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2011-07-26Merge branch 'for-linus' of ↵Linus Torvalds
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/wfg/writeback * 'for-linus' of git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/wfg/writeback: (27 commits) mm: properly reflect task dirty limits in dirty_exceeded logic writeback: don't busy retry writeback on new/freeing inodes writeback: scale IO chunk size up to half device bandwidth writeback: trace global_dirty_state writeback: introduce max-pause and pass-good dirty limits writeback: introduce smoothed global dirty limit writeback: consolidate variable names in balance_dirty_pages() writeback: show bdi write bandwidth in debugfs writeback: bdi write bandwidth estimation writeback: account per-bdi accumulated written pages writeback: make writeback_control.nr_to_write straight writeback: skip tmpfs early in balance_dirty_pages_ratelimited_nr() writeback: trace event writeback_queue_io writeback: trace event writeback_single_inode writeback: remove .nonblocking and .encountered_congestion writeback: remove writeback_control.more_io writeback: skip balance_dirty_pages() for in-memory fs writeback: add bdi_dirty_limit() kernel-doc writeback: avoid extra sync work at enqueue time writeback: elevate queue_io() into wb_writeback() ... Fix up trivial conflicts in fs/fs-writeback.c and mm/filemap.c
2011-07-25Merge 'akpm' patch seriesLinus Torvalds
* Merge akpm patch series: (122 commits) drivers/connector/cn_proc.c: remove unused local Documentation/SubmitChecklist: add RCU debug config options reiserfs: use hweight_long() reiserfs: use proper little-endian bitops pnpacpi: register disabled resources drivers/rtc/rtc-tegra.c: properly initialize spinlock drivers/rtc/rtc-twl.c: check return value of twl_rtc_write_u8() in twl_rtc_set_time() drivers/rtc: add support for Qualcomm PMIC8xxx RTC drivers/rtc/rtc-s3c.c: support clock gating drivers/rtc/rtc-mpc5121.c: add support for RTC on MPC5200 init: skip calibration delay if previously done misc/eeprom: add eeprom access driver for digsy_mtc board misc/eeprom: add driver for microwire 93xx46 EEPROMs checkpatch.pl: update $logFunctions checkpatch: make utf-8 test --strict checkpatch.pl: add ability to ignore various messages checkpatch: add a "prefer __aligned" check checkpatch: validate signature styles and To: and Cc: lines checkpatch: add __rcu as a sparse modifier checkpatch: suggest using min_t or max_t ... Did this as a merge because of (trivial) conflicts in - Documentation/feature-removal-schedule.txt - arch/xtensa/include/asm/uaccess.h that were just easier to fix up in the merge than in the patch series.
2011-07-25mm/backing-dev.c: reset bdi min_ratio in bdi_unregister()Peter Zijlstra
Vito said: : The system has many usb disks coming and going day to day, with their : respective bdi's having min_ratio set to 1 when inserted. It works for : some time until eventually min_ratio can no longer be set, even when the : active set of bdi's seen in /sys/class/bdi/*/min_ratio doesn't add up to : anywhere near 100. : : This then leads to an unrelated starvation problem caused by write-heavy : fuse mounts being used atop the usb disks, a problem the min_ratio setting : at the underlying devices bdi effectively prevents. Fix this leakage by resetting the bdi min_ratio when unregistering the BDI. Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <peterz@infradead.org> Reported-by: Vito Caputo <lkml@pengaru.com> Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> Cc: Miklos Szeredi <miklos@szeredi.hu> Cc: <stable@kernel.org> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2011-07-23backing-dev: use synchronize_rcu_expedited instead of synchronize_rcuMikulas Patocka
backing-dev: use synchronize_rcu_expedited instead of synchronize_rcu synchronize_rcu sleeps several timer ticks. synchronize_rcu_expedited is much faster. With 100Hz timer frequency, when we remove 10000 block devices with "dmsetup remove_all" command, it takes 27 minutes. With this patch, removing 10000 block devices takes only 15 seconds. Signed-off-by: Mikulas Patocka <mpatocka@redhat.com> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2011-07-09writeback: show bdi write bandwidth in debugfsWu Fengguang
Add a "BdiWriteBandwidth" entry and indent others in /debug/bdi/*/stats. btw, increase digital field width to 10, for keeping the possibly huge BdiWritten number aligned at least for desktop systems. Impact: this could break user space tools if they are dumb enough to depend on the number of white spaces. CC: Theodore Ts'o <tytso@mit.edu> CC: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> CC: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-07-09writeback: bdi write bandwidth estimationWu Fengguang
The estimation value will start from 100MB/s and adapt to the real bandwidth in seconds. It tries to update the bandwidth only when disk is fully utilized. Any inactive period of more than one second will be skipped. The estimated bandwidth will be reflecting how fast the device can writeout when _fully utilized_, and won't drop to 0 when it goes idle. The value will remain constant at disk idle time. At busy write time, if not considering fluctuations, it will also remain high unless be knocked down by possible concurrent reads that compete for the disk time and bandwidth with async writes. The estimation is not done purely in the flusher because there is no guarantee for write_cache_pages() to return timely to update bandwidth. The bdi->avg_write_bandwidth smoothing is very effective for filtering out sudden spikes, however may be a little biased in long term. The overheads are low because the bdi bandwidth update only occurs at 200ms intervals. The 200ms update interval is suitable, because it's not possible to get the real bandwidth for the instance at all, due to large fluctuations. The NFS commits can be as large as seconds worth of data. One XFS completion may be as large as half second worth of data if we are going to increase the write chunk to half second worth of data. In ext4, fluctuations with time period of around 5 seconds is observed. And there is another pattern of irregular periods of up to 20 seconds on SSD tests. That's why we are not only doing the estimation at 200ms intervals, but also averaging them over a period of 3 seconds and then go further to do another level of smoothing in avg_write_bandwidth. CC: Li Shaohua <shaohua.li@intel.com> CC: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-07-09writeback: account per-bdi accumulated written pagesJan Kara
Introduce the BDI_WRITTEN counter. It will be used for estimating the bdi's write bandwidth. Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl>: Move BDI_WRITTEN accounting into __bdi_writeout_inc(). This will cover and fix fuse, which only calls bdi_writeout_inc(). CC: Michael Rubin <mrubin@google.com> Reviewed-by: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com> Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-07-09writeback: make writeback_control.nr_to_write straightWu Fengguang
Pass struct wb_writeback_work all the way down to writeback_sb_inodes(), and initialize the struct writeback_control there. struct writeback_control is basically designed to control writeback of a single file, but we keep abuse it for writing multiple files in writeback_sb_inodes() and its callers. It immediately clean things up, e.g. suddenly wbc.nr_to_write vs work->nr_pages starts to make sense, and instead of saving and restoring pages_skipped in writeback_sb_inodes it can always start with a clean zero value. It also makes a neat IO pattern change: large dirty files are now written in the full 4MB writeback chunk size, rather than whatever remained quota in wbc->nr_to_write. Acked-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Proposed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org> Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-06-08writeback: split inode_wb_list_lock into bdi_writeback.list_lockChristoph Hellwig
Split the global inode_wb_list_lock into a per-bdi_writeback list_lock, as it's currently the most contended lock in the system for metadata heavy workloads. It won't help for single-filesystem workloads for which we'll need the I/O-less balance_dirty_pages, but at least we can dedicate a cpu to spinning on each bdi now for larger systems. Based on earlier patches from Nick Piggin and Dave Chinner. It reduces lock contentions to 1/4 in this test case: 10 HDD JBOD, 100 dd on each disk, XFS, 6GB ram lock_stat version 0.3 ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- class name con-bounces contentions waittime-min waittime-max waittime-total acq-bounces acquisitions holdtime-min holdtime-max holdtime-total ----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- vanilla 2.6.39-rc3: inode_wb_list_lock: 42590 44433 0.12 147.74 144127.35 252274 886792 0.08 121.34 917211.23 ------------------ inode_wb_list_lock 2 [<ffffffff81165da5>] bdev_inode_switch_bdi+0x29/0x85 inode_wb_list_lock 34 [<ffffffff8115bd0b>] inode_wb_list_del+0x22/0x49 inode_wb_list_lock 12893 [<ffffffff8115bb53>] __mark_inode_dirty+0x170/0x1d0 inode_wb_list_lock 10702 [<ffffffff8115afef>] writeback_single_inode+0x16d/0x20a ------------------ inode_wb_list_lock 2 [<ffffffff81165da5>] bdev_inode_switch_bdi+0x29/0x85 inode_wb_list_lock 19 [<ffffffff8115bd0b>] inode_wb_list_del+0x22/0x49 inode_wb_list_lock 5550 [<ffffffff8115bb53>] __mark_inode_dirty+0x170/0x1d0 inode_wb_list_lock 8511 [<ffffffff8115b4ad>] writeback_sb_inodes+0x10f/0x157 2.6.39-rc3 + patch: &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock: 11383 11657 0.14 151.69 40429.51 90825 527918 0.11 145.90 556843.37 ------------------------ &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock 10 [<ffffffff8115b189>] inode_wb_list_del+0x5f/0x86 &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock 1493 [<ffffffff8115b1ed>] writeback_inodes_wb+0x3d/0x150 &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock 3652 [<ffffffff8115a8e9>] writeback_sb_inodes+0x123/0x16f &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock 1412 [<ffffffff8115a38e>] writeback_single_inode+0x17f/0x223 ------------------------ &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock 3 [<ffffffff8110b5af>] bdi_lock_two+0x46/0x4b &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock 6 [<ffffffff8115b189>] inode_wb_list_del+0x5f/0x86 &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock 2061 [<ffffffff8115af97>] __mark_inode_dirty+0x173/0x1cf &(&wb->list_lock)->rlock 2629 [<ffffffff8115a8e9>] writeback_sb_inodes+0x123/0x16f hughd@google.com: fix recursive lock when bdi_lock_two() is called with new the same as old akpm@linux-foundation.org: cleanup bdev_inode_switch_bdi() comment Signed-off-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> Signed-off-by: Hugh Dickins <hughd@google.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com>
2011-05-20backing-dev: Kill set but not used var in bdi_debug_stats_show()Gustavo F. Padovan
Signed-off-by: Gustavo F. Padovan <padovan@profusion.mobi> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2011-03-31Fix common misspellingsLucas De Marchi
Fixes generated by 'codespell' and manually reviewed. Signed-off-by: Lucas De Marchi <lucas.demarchi@profusion.mobi>
2011-03-24Merge branch 'for-linus' of ↵Linus Torvalds
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/viro/vfs-2.6 * 'for-linus' of git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/viro/vfs-2.6: fs: simplify iget & friends fs: pull inode->i_lock up out of writeback_single_inode fs: rename inode_lock to inode_hash_lock fs: move i_wb_list out from under inode_lock fs: move i_sb_list out from under inode_lock fs: remove inode_lock from iput_final and prune_icache fs: Lock the inode LRU list separately fs: factor inode disposal fs: protect inode->i_state with inode->i_lock autofs4: Do not potentially dereference NULL pointer returned by fget() in autofs_dev_ioctl_setpipefd() autofs4 - remove autofs4_lock autofs4 - fix d_manage() return on rcu-walk autofs4 - fix autofs4_expire_indirect() traversal autofs4 - fix dentry leak in autofs4_expire_direct() autofs4 - reinstate last used update on access vfs - check non-mountpoint dentry might block in __follow_mount_rcu()
2011-03-24fs: move i_wb_list out from under inode_lockDave Chinner
Protect the inode writeback list with a new global lock inode_wb_list_lock and use it to protect the list manipulations and traversals. This lock replaces the inode_lock as the inodes on the list can be validity checked while holding the inode->i_lock and hence the inode_lock is no longer needed to protect the list. Signed-off-by: Dave Chinner <dchinner@redhat.com> Signed-off-by: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
2011-03-17fs: assign sb->s_bdi to default_backing_dev_info if the bdi is going awayJens Axboe
We don't have proper reference counting for this yet, so we run into cases where the device is pulled and we OOPS on flushing the fs data. This happens even though the dirty inodes have already been migrated to the default_backing_dev_info. Reported-by: Torsten Hilbrich <torsten.hilbrich@secunet.com> Tested-by: Torsten Hilbrich <torsten.hilbrich@secunet.com> Cc: stable@kernel.org Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2011-03-10block: remove per-queue pluggingJens Axboe
Code has been converted over to the new explicit on-stack plugging, and delay users have been converted to use the new API for that. So lets kill off the old plugging along with aops->sync_page(). Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-10-26Merge branch 'for-linus' of ↵Linus Torvalds
git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/viro/vfs-2.6 * 'for-linus' of git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/viro/vfs-2.6: (52 commits) split invalidate_inodes() fs: skip I_FREEING inodes in writeback_sb_inodes fs: fold invalidate_list into invalidate_inodes fs: do not drop inode_lock in dispose_list fs: inode split IO and LRU lists fs: switch bdev inode bdi's correctly fs: fix buffer invalidation in invalidate_list fsnotify: use dget_parent smbfs: use dget_parent exportfs: use dget_parent fs: use RCU read side protection in d_validate fs: clean up dentry lru modification fs: split __shrink_dcache_sb fs: improve DCACHE_REFERENCED usage fs: use percpu counter for nr_dentry and nr_dentry_unused fs: simplify __d_free fs: take dcache_lock inside __d_path fs: do not assign default i_ino in new_inode fs: introduce a per-cpu last_ino allocator new helper: ihold() ...
2010-10-26kernel: remove PF_FLUSHERPeter Zijlstra
PF_FLUSHER is only ever set, not tested, remove it. Signed-off-by: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2010-10-26writeback: do not sleep on the congestion queue if there are no congested ↵Mel Gorman
BDIs or if significant congestion is not being encountered in the current zone If congestion_wait() is called with no BDI congested, the caller will sleep for the full timeout and this may be an unnecessary sleep. This patch adds a wait_iff_congested() that checks congestion and only sleeps if a BDI is congested else, it calls cond_resched() to ensure the caller is not hogging the CPU longer than its quota but otherwise will not sleep. This is aimed at reducing some of the major desktop stalls reported during IO. For example, while kswapd is operating, it calls congestion_wait() but it could just have been reclaiming clean page cache pages with no congestion. Without this patch, it would sleep for a full timeout but after this patch, it'll just call schedule() if it has been on the CPU too long. Similar logic applies to direct reclaimers that are not making enough progress. Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie> Cc: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org> Cc: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com> Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> Cc: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> Cc: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com> Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2010-10-26writeback: account for time spent congestion_waitedMel Gorman
There is strong evidence to indicate a lot of time is being spent in congestion_wait(), some of it unnecessarily. This patch adds a tracepoint for congestion_wait to record when congestion_wait() was called, how long the timeout was for and how long it actually slept. Signed-off-by: Mel Gorman <mel@csn.ul.ie> Reviewed-by: Minchan Kim <minchan.kim@gmail.com> Reviewed-by: Johannes Weiner <hannes@cmpxchg.org> Cc: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> Cc: KAMEZAWA Hiroyuki <kamezawa.hiroyu@jp.fujitsu.com> Cc: KOSAKI Motohiro <kosaki.motohiro@jp.fujitsu.com> Cc: Rik van Riel <riel@redhat.com> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2010-10-25fs: inode split IO and LRU listsNick Piggin
The use of the same inode list structure (inode->i_list) for two different list constructs with different lifecycles and purposes makes it impossible to separate the locking of the different operations. Therefore, to enable the separation of the locking of the writeback and reclaim lists, split the inode->i_list into two separate lists dedicated to their specific tracking functions. Signed-off-by: Nick Piggin <npiggin@suse.de> Signed-off-by: Dave Chinner <dchinner@redhat.com> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> Signed-off-by: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk>
2010-09-22bdi: Initialize noop_backing_dev_info properlyJan Kara
Properly initialize this backing dev info so that writeback code does not barf when getting to it e.g. via sb->s_bdi. Cc: stable@kernel.org Signed-off-by: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-27writeback: do not lose wakeup events when forking bdi threadsArtem Bityutskiy
This patch fixes the following issue: INFO: task mount.nfs4:1120 blocked for more than 120 seconds. "echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disables this message. mount.nfs4 D 00000000fffc6a21 0 1120 1119 0x00000000 ffff880235643948 0000000000000046 ffffffff00000000 ffffffff00000000 ffff880235643fd8 ffff880235314760 00000000001d44c0 ffff880235643fd8 00000000001d44c0 00000000001d44c0 00000000001d44c0 00000000001d44c0 Call Trace: [<ffffffff813bc747>] schedule_timeout+0x34/0xf1 [<ffffffff813bc530>] ? wait_for_common+0x3f/0x130 [<ffffffff8106b50b>] ? trace_hardirqs_on+0xd/0xf [<ffffffff813bc5c3>] wait_for_common+0xd2/0x130 [<ffffffff8104159c>] ? default_wake_function+0x0/0xf [<ffffffff813beaa0>] ? _raw_spin_unlock+0x26/0x2a [<ffffffff813bc6bb>] wait_for_completion+0x18/0x1a [<ffffffff81101a03>] sync_inodes_sb+0xca/0x1bc [<ffffffff811056a6>] __sync_filesystem+0x47/0x7e [<ffffffff81105798>] sync_filesystem+0x47/0x4b [<ffffffff810e7ffd>] generic_shutdown_super+0x22/0xd2 [<ffffffff810e80f8>] kill_anon_super+0x11/0x4f [<ffffffffa00d06d7>] nfs4_kill_super+0x3f/0x72 [nfs] [<ffffffff810e7b68>] deactivate_locked_super+0x21/0x41 [<ffffffff810e7fd6>] deactivate_super+0x40/0x45 [<ffffffff810fc66c>] mntput_no_expire+0xb8/0xed [<ffffffff810fc73b>] release_mounts+0x9a/0xb0 [<ffffffff810fc7bb>] put_mnt_ns+0x6a/0x7b [<ffffffffa00d0fb2>] nfs_follow_remote_path+0x19a/0x296 [nfs] [<ffffffffa00d11ca>] nfs4_try_mount+0x75/0xaf [nfs] [<ffffffffa00d1790>] nfs4_get_sb+0x276/0x2ff [nfs] [<ffffffff810e7dba>] vfs_kern_mount+0xb8/0x196 [<ffffffff810e7ef6>] do_kern_mount+0x48/0xe8 [<ffffffff810fdf68>] do_mount+0x771/0x7e8 [<ffffffff810fe062>] sys_mount+0x83/0xbd [<ffffffff810089c2>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b The reason of this hang was a race condition: when the flusher thread is forking a bdi thread, we use 'kthread_run()', so we run it _before_ we make it visible in 'bdi->wb.task'. The bdi thread runs, does all works, and goes sleep. 'bdi->wb.task' is still NULL. And this is a dangerous time window. If at this time someone queues a work for this bdi, he does not see the bdi thread and wakes up the forker thread instead! But the forker has already forked this bdi thread, but just did not make it visible yet! The result is that we lose the wake up event for this bdi thread and the NFS4 code waits forever. To fix the problem, we should use 'ktrhead_create()' for creating bdi threads, then make them visible in 'bdi->wb.task', and only after this wake them up. This is exactly what this patch does. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-12writeback: avoid unnecessary calculation of bdi dirty thresholdsWu Fengguang
Split get_dirty_limits() into global_dirty_limits()+bdi_dirty_limit(), so that the latter can be avoided when under global dirty background threshold (which is the normal state for most systems). Signed-off-by: Wu Fengguang <fengguang.wu@intel.com> Cc: Peter Zijlstra <a.p.zijlstra@chello.nl> Cc: Christoph Hellwig <hch@infradead.org> Cc: Dave Chinner <david@fromorbit.com> Cc: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk> Signed-off-by: Andrew Morton <akpm@linux-foundation.org> Signed-off-by: Linus Torvalds <torvalds@linux-foundation.org>
2010-08-07writeback: fix bad _bh spinlock nestingJens Axboe
Fix a bug where a lock is _bh nested within another _bh lock, but forgets to use the _bh variant for unlock. Further more, it's not necessary to test _bh locks, the inner lock can just use spin_lock(). So fix up the bug by making that change. Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-07writeback: cleanup bdi_registerArtem Bityutskiy
This patch makes sure we first initialize everything and set the BDI_registered flag, and only after this we add the bdi to 'bdi_list'. Current code adds the bdi to the list too early, and as a result I the WARN(!test_bit(BDI_registered, &bdi->state) in bdi forker is triggered. Also, it is in general good practice to make things visible only when they are fully initialized. Also, this patch does few micro clean-ups: 1. Removes the 'exit' label which does not do anything, just returns. This allows to get rid of few braces and 'ret' variable and make the code smaller. 2. If 'kthread_run()' fails, remove the error code it returns, not hard-coded '-ENOMEM'. Theoretically, some day 'kthread_run()' can return something else. Also, in case of failure it is not necessary to set 'bdi->wb.task' to NULL. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-07writeback: add new tracepointsArtem Bityutskiy
Add 2 new trace points to the periodic write-back wake up case, just like we do in the 'bdi_queue_work()' function. Namely, introduce: 1. trace_writeback_wake_thread(bdi) 2. trace_writeback_wake_forker_thread(bdi) The first event is triggered every time we wake up a bdi thread to start periodic background write-out. The second event is triggered only when the bdi thread does not exist and should be created by the forker thread. This patch was suggested by Dave Chinner and Christoph Hellwig. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-07writeback: remove unnecessary init_timer callArtem Bityutskiy
The 'setup_timer()' function also calls 'init_timer()', so the extra 'init_timer()' call is not needed. Indeed, 'setup_timer()' is basically 'init_timer()' plus callback function and data pointers initialization. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-07writeback: optimize periodic bdi thread wakeupsArtem Bityutskiy
Whe the first inode for a bdi is marked dirty, we wake up the bdi thread which should take care of the periodic background write-out. However, the write-out will actually start only 'dirty_writeback_interval' centisecs later, so we can delay the wake-up. This change was requested by Nick Piggin who pointed out that if we delay the wake-up, we weed out 2 unnecessary contex switches, which matters because '__mark_inode_dirty()' is a hot-path function. This patch introduces a new function - 'bdi_wakeup_thread_delayed()', which sets up a timer to wake-up the bdi thread and returns. So the wake-up is delayed. We also delete the timer in bdi threads just before writing-back. And synchronously delete it when unregistering bdi. At the unregister point the bdi does not have any users, so no one can arm it again. Since now we take 'bdi->wb_lock' in the timer, which can execute in softirq context, we have to use 'spin_lock_bh()' for 'bdi->wb_lock'. This patch makes this change as well. This patch also moves the 'bdi_wb_init()' function down in the file to avoid forward-declaration of 'bdi_wakeup_thread_delayed()'. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-07writeback: prevent unnecessary bdi threads wakeupsArtem Bityutskiy
Finally, we can get rid of unnecessary wake-ups in bdi threads, which are very bad for battery-driven devices. There are two types of activities bdi threads do: 1. process bdi works from the 'bdi->work_list' 2. periodic write-back So there are 2 sources of wake-up events for bdi threads: 1. 'bdi_queue_work()' - submits bdi works 2. '__mark_inode_dirty()' - adds dirty I/O to bdi's The former already has bdi wake-up code. The latter does not, and this patch adds it. '__mark_inode_dirty()' is hot-path function, but this patch adds another 'spin_lock(&bdi->wb_lock)' there. However, it is taken only in rare cases when the bdi has no dirty inodes. So adding this spinlock should be fine and should not affect performance. This patch makes sure bdi threads and the forker thread do not wake-up if there is nothing to do. The forker thread will nevertheless wake up at least every 5 min. to check whether it has to kill a bdi thread. This can also be optimized, but is not worth it. This patch also tidies up the warning about unregistered bid, and turns it from an ugly crocodile to a simple 'WARN()' statement. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-07writeback: move bdi threads exiting logic to the forker threadArtem Bityutskiy
Currently, bdi threads can decide to exit if there were no useful activities for 5 minutes. However, this causes nasty races: we can easily oops in the 'bdi_queue_work()' if the bdi thread decides to exit while we are waking it up. And even if we do not oops, but the bdi tread exits immediately after we wake it up, we'd lose the wake-up event and have an unnecessary delay (up to 5 secs) in the bdi work processing. This patch makes the forker thread to be the central place which not only creates bdi threads, but also kills them if they were inactive long enough. This better design-wise. Another reason why this change was done is to prepare for the further changes which will prevent the bdi threads from waking up every 5 sec and wasting power. Indeed, when the task does not wake up periodically anymore, it won't be able to exit either. This patch also moves the the 'wake_up_bit()' call from the bdi thread to the forker thread as well. So now the forker thread sets the BDI_pending bit, then forks the task or kills it, then clears the bit and wakes up the waiting process. The only process which may wain on the bit is 'bdi_wb_shutdown()'. This function was changed as well - now it first removes the bdi from the 'bdi_list', then waits on the 'BDI_pending' bit. Once it wakes up, it is guaranteed that the forker thread won't race with it, because the bdi is not visible. Note, the forker thread sets the 'BDI_pending' bit under the 'bdi->wb_lock' which is essential for proper serialization. And additionally, when we change 'bdi->wb.task', we now take the 'bdi->work_lock', to make sure that we do not lose wake-ups which we otherwise would when raced with, say, 'bdi_queue_work()'. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-07writeback: restructure bdi forker loop a littleArtem Bityutskiy
This patch re-structures the bdi forker a little: 1. Add 'bdi_cap_flush_forker(bdi)' condition check to the bdi loop. The reason for this is that the forker thread can start _before_ the 'BDI_registered' flag is set (see 'bdi_register()'), so the WARN() statement will fire for the default bdi. I observed this warning at boot-up. 2. Introduce an enum 'action' and use "switch" statement in the outer loop. This is a preparation to the further patch which will teach the forker thread killing bdi threads, so we'll have another case in the "switch" statement. This change was suggested by Christoph Hellwig. This patch is just a small step towards the coming change where the forker thread will kill the bdi threads. It should simplify reviewing the following changes, which would otherwise be larger. This patch also amends comments a little. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>
2010-08-07writeback: do not remove bdi from bdi_listArtem Bityutskiy
The forker thread removes bdis from 'bdi_list' before forking the bdi thread. But this is wrong for at least 2 reasons. Reason #1: if we temporary remove a bdi from the list, we may miss works which would otherwise be given to us. Reason #2: this is racy; indeed, 'bdi_wb_shutdown()' expects that bdis are always in the 'bdi_list' (see 'bdi_remove_from_list()'), and when it races with the forker thread, it can shut down the bdi thread at the same time as the forker creates it. This patch makes sure the forker thread never removes bdis from 'bdi_list' (which was suggested by Christoph Hellwig). In order to make sure that we do not race with 'bdi_wb_shutdown()', we have to hold the 'bdi_lock' while walking the 'bdi_list' and setting the 'BDI_pending' flag. NOTE! The error path is interesting. Currently, when we fail to create a bdi thread, we move the bdi to the tail of 'bdi_list'. But if we never remove the bdi from the list, we cannot move it to the tail either, because then we can mess up the RCU readers which walk the list. And also, we'll have the race described above in "Reason #2". But I not think that adding to the tail is any important so I just do not do that. Signed-off-by: Artem Bityutskiy <Artem.Bityutskiy@nokia.com> Reviewed-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de> Signed-off-by: Jens Axboe <jaxboe@fusionio.com>