On Thu, Nov 22, 2007 at 01:49:25AM +0100, Andi Kleen wrote:
> David Chinner <dgc@xxxxxxx> writes:
> > To ensure that log I/O is issued as the highest priority I/O, set
> > the I/O priority of the log I/O to the highest possible. This will
> > ensure that log I/O is not held up behind bulk data or other
> > metadata I/O as delaying log I/O can pause the entire transaction
> > subsystem. Introduce a new buffer flag to allow us to tag the log
> > buffers so we can discrimiate when issuing the I/O.
> Won't that possible disturb other RT priority users that do not need
> log IO (e.g. working on preallocated files)? Seems a little
In all the cases that I know of where ppl are using what could
be considered real-time I/O (e.g. media environments where they
do real-time ingest and playout from the same filesystem) the
real-time ingest processes create the files and do pre-allocation
before doing their I/O. This I/O can get held up behind another
process that is not real time that has issued log I/O.
Given there is no I/O priority inheritence and having log I/O stall
will stall the entire filesystem, we cannot allow log I/O to
stall in real-time environments. Hence it must have the highest
possible priority to prevent this.
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