2009-07-09 02:59:25

by Jason Gunthorpe

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Subject: ext4, AIO and new files?

Hi All.

I saw an many years old thread on this topic and recently ran into the
same problem. I'm wondering if anything has changed since - or someone
had some smart thoughts on this?

In short, if you do:

fd = open("foo",O_DIRECT|O_TRUNC_O|CREAT,0666);
io_submit(.. IO_CMD_PWRITE ..);

io_submit blocks on ext4. (It also blocks on ext3, but fallocate fails
there so that is not entirely surprising..)

On xfs io_submit runs asynchronously with the same sequence. There is
a change in the performance characteristic: -30% with a 32k iosize
compared to re-writing already existing blocks - but it performs well
with larger iosizes

I am working on a network file copy application, so this is the common
(well. only) workload.

I haven't yet got access to the good storage to test on, but I'm
concerned that io_submit blocking means that there is going to be
limited, or no, concurrency at the SCSI level? I understand the
problem is that ext4 needs to note the block is now actually used and
no longer 'zero' but I guess I don't entirely follow why that wrecks