jbd2: use WRITE_SYNC in journal checkpoint
Tao Ma [Mon, 27 Jun 2011 16:36:29 +0000 (12:36 -0400)]
In journal checkpoint, we write the buffer and wait for its finish.
But in cfq, the async queue has a very low priority, and in our test,
if there are too many sync queues and every queue is filled up with
requests, the write request will be delayed for quite a long time and
all the tasks which are waiting for journal space will end with errors like:

INFO: task attr_set:3816 blocked for more than 120 seconds.
"echo 0 > /proc/sys/kernel/hung_task_timeout_secs" disables this message.
attr_set      D ffff880028393480     0  3816      1 0x00000000
 ffff8802073fbae8 0000000000000086 ffff8802140847c8 ffff8800283934e8
 ffff8802073fb9d8 ffffffff8103e456 ffff8802140847b8 ffff8801ed728080
 ffff8801db4bc080 ffff8801ed728450 ffff880028393480 0000000000000002
Call Trace:
 [<ffffffff8103e456>] ? __dequeue_entity+0x33/0x38
 [<ffffffff8103caad>] ? need_resched+0x23/0x2d
 [<ffffffff814006a6>] ? thread_return+0xa2/0xbc
 [<ffffffffa01f6224>] ? jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata+0x116/0x126 [jbd2]
 [<ffffffffa01f6224>] ? jbd2_journal_dirty_metadata+0x116/0x126 [jbd2]
 [<ffffffff81400d31>] __mutex_lock_common+0x14e/0x1a9
 [<ffffffffa021dbfb>] ? brelse+0x13/0x15 [ext4]
 [<ffffffff81400ddb>] __mutex_lock_slowpath+0x19/0x1b
 [<ffffffff81400b2d>] mutex_lock+0x1b/0x32
 [<ffffffffa01f927b>] __jbd2_journal_insert_checkpoint+0xe3/0x20c [jbd2]
 [<ffffffffa01f547b>] start_this_handle+0x438/0x527 [jbd2]
 [<ffffffff8106f491>] ? autoremove_wake_function+0x0/0x3e
 [<ffffffffa01f560b>] jbd2_journal_start+0xa1/0xcc [jbd2]
 [<ffffffffa02353be>] ext4_journal_start_sb+0x57/0x81 [ext4]
 [<ffffffffa024a314>] ext4_xattr_set+0x6c/0xe3 [ext4]
 [<ffffffffa024aaff>] ext4_xattr_user_set+0x42/0x4b [ext4]
 [<ffffffff81145adb>] generic_setxattr+0x6b/0x76
 [<ffffffff81146ac0>] __vfs_setxattr_noperm+0x47/0xc0
 [<ffffffff81146bb8>] vfs_setxattr+0x7f/0x9a
 [<ffffffff81146c88>] setxattr+0xb5/0xe8
 [<ffffffff81137467>] ? do_filp_open+0x571/0xa6e
 [<ffffffff81146d26>] sys_fsetxattr+0x6b/0x91
 [<ffffffff81002d32>] system_call_fastpath+0x16/0x1b

So this patch tries to use WRITE_SYNC in __flush_batch so that the request will
be moved into sync queue and handled by cfq timely. We also use the new plug,
sot that all the WRITE_SYNC requests can be given as a whole when we unplug it.

Signed-off-by: Tao Ma <boyu.mt@taobao.com>
Signed-off-by: "Theodore Ts'o" <tytso@mit.edu>
Cc: Jan Kara <jack@suse.cz>
Reported-by: Robin Dong <sanbai@taobao.com>

fs/jbd2/checkpoint.c

index 2c62c5a..16a698b 100644 (file)
@@ -257,9 +257,12 @@ static void
 __flush_batch(journal_t *journal, int *batch_count)
 {
        int i;
+       struct blk_plug plug;
 
+       blk_start_plug(&plug);
        for (i = 0; i < *batch_count; i++)
-               write_dirty_buffer(journal->j_chkpt_bhs[i], WRITE);
+               write_dirty_buffer(journal->j_chkpt_bhs[i], WRITE_SYNC);
+       blk_finish_plug(&plug);
 
        for (i = 0; i < *batch_count; i++) {
                struct buffer_head *bh = journal->j_chkpt_bhs[i];