Btrfs Async Buffered Writes Slated For Linux 6.1 - 2x Throughput Improvement

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Storage on 25 September 2022 at 10:20 AM EDT. 109 Comments
Queued up in the Btrfs for-next Git repository ahead of the Linux 6.1 merge window is support for async buffered writes that can offer a more than two times throughput improvement.

Meta (Facebook) engineer Stefan Roesch has been working on patches to add support for async buffered writes for both Btrfs and IO_uring. The benchmark results of this work are quite impressive:

Roesch commented of the performance results:
For an io depth of 1, the new patch improves throughput by over two times (compared to the existing behavior, where buffered writes are processed by an io-worker process) and also the latency is considerably reduced. To achieve the same or better performance with the existing code an io depth of 4 is required. Increasing the iodepth further does not lead to improvements.

The set of patches culminating with Btrfs async buffered writes being wired up is queued as of Friday in Kdave's for-next branch of Btrfs material ahead of the Linux 6.1 merge window opening in early October.

See this linux-btrfs mailing list series of the patch series for more background on this work.
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