Btrfs Gets Some Buttery Good Improvements With Linux 5.19

Written by Michael Larabel in Linux Storage on 24 May 2022 at 06:41 PM EDT. 44 Comments
David Sterba of SUSE has submitted the ~4k lines of code worth of feature changes for the Btrfs file-system driver in the Linux 5.19 kernel.

There is a lot of continued feature work, performance optimizations, and low-level code work continuing for the Btrfs file-system thanks to the continued work in particular by SUSE, Facebook, and other large supporters. Some of the Btrfs highlights for Linux 5.19 include:

- Btrfs will now avoid blocking on space reservation when doing nowait, direct I/O writes that can lead to around a 7% throughput improvement for both reads and writes.

- The no copy-on-write (NOCOW) write throughput performance should be improved by about 3% due to improved locking.

- There is another Btrfs performance improvement in the Btrfs-send code by reducing pressure on the page cache by dropping extent pages sooner.

- Btrfs sub-page handling now supports any PAGE_SIZE greater than 4K where as previously was just 64K support. Btrfs sub-page support is for handling sector sizes that are smaller than the kernel's page size rather than needing to keep them the same.

- Btrfs' sub-page path now also supports Btrfs RAID 5/6 operation.

- Various improvements to the Btrfs zoned storage support, including a per-profile sysfs tunable for the reclaim threshold.

- The Btrfs super block for number of devices (num_devices) will now be changed automatically if it does not match the number of devices present.

- Btrfs has migrated all radix trees over to XArrays within the code.

- Various bug fixes and other improvements to the Btrfs driver code.

More details on the Btrfs changes for Linux 5.19 via this pull request.
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