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From: Matthew Dharm <mdharm-kernel@one-eyed-alien.net>
To: Oliver Neukum <oliver@neukum.org>
Cc: USB Developers <linux-usb-devel@lists.sourceforge.net>,
	Kernel Developer List <linux-kernel@vger.kernel.org>
Subject: Re: [linux-usb-devel] System stalls using usb-storage
Date: Sat, 26 Jul 2003 23:35:45 -0700	[thread overview]
Message-ID: <20030726233545.B20751@one-eyed-alien.net> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <200307270824.44851.oliver@neukum.org>; from oliver@neukum.org on Sun, Jul 27, 2003 at 08:24:44AM +0200

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On Sun, Jul 27, 2003 at 08:24:44AM +0200, Oliver Neukum wrote:
> Am Donnerstag, 24. Juli 2003 05:00 schrieb Matthew Dharm:
> > Many people, including myself, have observed system stalls when using
> > usb-storage.  It happens when copying large amounts of data to a USB device
> > -- everything (except the USB access) just stops for a little while.  My
> > best guess is that the block cache is filling up (easy since USB is so
> > slow).
> 
> Can you do a vmstat run? That should provide conclusive data.
> If so, write throteling is failing.

I'll set up some tests and get back to you...

> > The question is, what is the best way to handle this.  I'm guessing that
> > increasing the priority of the usb-storage control thread will help, but
> > that's just a guess.  I'm not even sure how to go about doing that, tho...
> 
> A kernel thread in the block io path has to have a higher priority than
> any user task. Otherwise a priority inversion is possible.

Reasonable.  So, other than renice at the command line, how does one go
about setting this?

Matt

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  reply	other threads:[~2003-07-27  6:20 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 4+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2003-07-24  3:00 System stalls using usb-storage Matthew Dharm
2003-07-27  6:24 ` [linux-usb-devel] " Oliver Neukum
2003-07-27  6:35   ` Matthew Dharm [this message]
2003-07-27  9:09     ` Peter Osterlund

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