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From: Tejun Heo <tj <at> kernel.org>
Subject: [GIT PULL] writeback: convert writeback to unbound workqueue
Newsgroups: gmane.linux.kernel
Date: Tuesday 2nd April 2013 03:09:33 UTC (over 3 years ago)
Hello, Jens.

This is the pull request for the earlier patchset[1] with the same
name.  It's only three patches (the first one was committed to
workqueue tree) but the merge strategy is a bit involved due to the
dependencies.

* Because the conversion needs features from wq/for-3.10,
  block/for-3.10/core is based on rc3, and wq/for-3.10 has conflicts
  with rc3, I pulled mainline (rc5) into wq/for-3.10 to prevent those
  workqueue conflicts from flaring up in block tree.

* Resolving the issue that Jan and Dave raised about debugging
  requires arch-wide changes.  The patchset is being worked on[2] but
  it'll have to go through -mm after these changes show up in -next,
  and not included in this pull request.

The three commits are located in the following git branch.

  git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/tj/wq.git
writeback-workqueue

Pulling it into block/for-3.10/core produces a conflict in
drivers/md/raid5.c between the following two commits.

  e3620a3ad5 ("MD RAID5: Avoid accessing gendisk or queue structs when not
available")
  2f6db2a707 ("raid5: use bio_reset()")

The conflict is trivial - one removes an "if ()" conditional while the
other removes "rbi->bi_next = NULL" right above it.  We just need to
remove both.  The merged branch is available at

  git://git.kernel.org/pub/scm/linux/kernel/git/tj/wq.git
block-test-merge

so that you can use it for verification.  The test merge commit has
proper merge description.

While these changes are a bit of pain to route, they make code simpler
and even have, while minute, measureable performance gain[3] even on a
workload which isn't particularly favorable to showing the benefits of
this conversion.

Thanks.

-- 
tejun

[1] http://thread.gmane.org/gmane.linux.kernel/1453006
[2] https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/3/29/354
[3] https://lkml.org/lkml/2013/3/28/67
 
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