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authorDavid Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>2009-04-03 16:42:35 +0100
committerDavid Howells <dhowells@redhat.com>2009-04-03 16:42:35 +0100
commit07fe7cb7c7c179f473fd9c823348fd3eb5dad369 (patch)
tree516c959de929a4c39870629e550b3307601fa73f /init
parent8fe74cf053de7ad2124a894996f84fa890a81093 (diff)
Create a dynamically sized pool of threads for doing very slow work items
Create a dynamically sized pool of threads for doing very slow work items, such as invoking mkdir() or rmdir() - things that may take a long time and may sleep, holding mutexes/semaphores and hogging a thread, and are thus unsuitable for workqueues. The number of threads is always at least a settable minimum, but more are started when there's more work to do, up to a limit. Because of the nature of the load, it's not suitable for a 1-thread-per-CPU type pool. A system with one CPU may well want several threads. This is used by FS-Cache to do slow caching operations in the background, such as looking up, creating or deleting cache objects. Signed-off-by: David Howells <dhowells@redhat.com> Acked-by: Serge Hallyn <serue@us.ibm.com> Acked-by: Steve Dickson <steved@redhat.com> Acked-by: Trond Myklebust <Trond.Myklebust@netapp.com> Acked-by: Al Viro <viro@zeniv.linux.org.uk> Tested-by: Daire Byrne <Daire.Byrne@framestore.com>
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diff --git a/init/Kconfig b/init/Kconfig
index 1398a14b019..236a79377b8 100644
--- a/init/Kconfig
+++ b/init/Kconfig
@@ -1014,6 +1014,18 @@ config MARKERS
source "arch/Kconfig"
+config SLOW_WORK
+ default n
+ bool "Enable slow work thread pool"
+ help
+ The slow work thread pool provides a number of dynamically allocated
+ threads that can be used by the kernel to perform operations that
+ take a relatively long time.
+ An example of this would be CacheFiles doing a path lookup followed
+ by a series of mkdirs and a create call, all of which have to touch
+ disk.
endmenu # General setup