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From: Jens Axboe <axboe@kernel.dk>
To: Matthew Wilcox <willy@infradead.org>, Lin Feng <linf@wangsu.com>
Cc: Michal Hocko <mhocko@kernel.org>,
	corbet@lwn.net, mcgrof@kernel.org, akpm@linux-foundation.org,
	linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org, linux-mm@kvack.org,
	keescook@chromium.org, mchehab+samsung@kernel.org,
	mgorman@techsingularity.net, vbabka@suse.cz,
	ktkhai@virtuozzo.com, hannes@cmpxchg.org,
	Omar Sandoval <osandov@fb.com>, Ming Lei <ming.lei@redhat.com>
Subject: Re: Is congestion broken?
Date: Mon, 23 Sep 2019 13:38:23 -0600	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <45d8b7a6-8548-65f5-cccf-9f451d4ae3d4@kernel.dk> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <20190923111900.GH15392@bombadil.infradead.org>

On 9/23/19 5:19 AM, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
> 
> Ping Jens?
> 
> On Wed, Sep 18, 2019 at 08:49:49PM -0700, Matthew Wilcox wrote:
>> On Thu, Sep 19, 2019 at 10:33:10AM +0800, Lin Feng wrote:
>>> On 9/18/19 20:33, Michal Hocko wrote:
>>>> I absolutely agree here. From you changelog it is also not clear what is
>>>> the underlying problem. Both congestion_wait and wait_iff_congested
>>>> should wake up early if the congestion is handled. Is this not the case?
>>>
>>> For now I don't know why, codes seem should work as you said, maybe I need to
>>> trace more of the internals.
>>> But weird thing is that once I set the people-disliked-tunable iowait
>>> drop down instantly, this is contradictory to the code design.
>>
>> Yes, this is quite strange.  If setting a smaller timeout makes a
>> difference, that indicates we're not waking up soon enough.  I see
>> two possibilities; one is that a wakeup is missing somewhere -- ie the
>> conditions under which we call clear_wb_congested() are wrong.  Or we
>> need to wake up sooner.
>>
>> Umm.  We have clear_wb_congested() called from exactly one spot --
>> clear_bdi_congested().  That is only called from:
>>
>> drivers/block/pktcdvd.c
>> fs/ceph/addr.c
>> fs/fuse/control.c
>> fs/fuse/dev.c
>> fs/nfs/write.c
>>
>> Jens, is something supposed to be calling clear_bdi_congested() in the
>> block layer?  blk_clear_congested() used to exist until October 29th
>> last year.  Or is something else supposed to be waking up tasks that
>> are sleeping on congestion?

Congestion isn't there anymore. It was always broken as a concept imho,
since it was inherently racy. We used the old batching mechanism in the
legacy stack to signal it, and it only worked for some devices.

-- 
Jens Axboe



  reply	other threads:[~2019-09-23 19:38 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 15+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2019-09-17 11:58 [PATCH] [RFC] vmscan.c: add a sysctl entry for controlling memory reclaim IO congestion_wait length Lin Feng
2019-09-17 12:06 ` Matthew Wilcox
2019-09-18  3:21   ` Lin Feng
2019-09-18 11:38     ` Matthew Wilcox
2019-09-19  2:20       ` Lin Feng
2019-09-18 12:33   ` Michal Hocko
2019-09-19  2:33     ` Lin Feng
2019-09-19  3:49       ` Matthew Wilcox
2019-09-19  7:46         ` Lin Feng
2019-09-19  8:22           ` Michal Hocko
2019-09-23 11:19         ` Is congestion broken? Matthew Wilcox
2019-09-23 19:38           ` Jens Axboe [this message]
2019-09-23 19:45             ` Matthew Wilcox
2019-09-23 19:51               ` Jens Axboe
2019-09-24 12:16                 ` Michal Hocko

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