[PATCH] btrfs: Enhance btrfs chunk allocation algorithm to reduce ENOSPC caused by unbalanced data/metadata allocation.
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Qu Wenruo
2014-10-23 02:37:51 UTC
When btrfs allocate a chunk, it will try to alloc up to 1G for data and
256M for metadata, or 10% of all the writeable space if there is enough
space for the stripe on device.

However, when we run out of space, this allocation may cause unbalanced
chunk allocation.
For example, there are only 1G unallocated space, and request for
allocate DATA chunk is sent, and all the space will be allocated as data
chunk, making later metadata chunk alloc request unable to handle, which
will cause ENOSPC.
This is the one of the common complains from end users about why ENOSPC
happens but there is still available space.

This patch will try not to alloc chunk which is more than half of the
unallocated space, making the last space more balanced at a small cost
of more fragmented chunk at the last 1G.

Some easy example:
Preallocate 17.5G on a 20G empty btrfs fs:
# btrfs fi show /mnt/test
Label: none uuid: da8741b1-5d47-4245-9e94-bfccea34e91e
Total devices 1 FS bytes used 17.50GiB
devid 1 size 20.00GiB used 20.00GiB path /dev/sdb
All space is allocated. No space later metadata space.

# btrfs fi show /mnt/test
Label: none uuid: e6935aeb-a232-4140-84f9-80aab1f23d56
Total devices 1 FS bytes used 17.50GiB
devid 1 size 20.00GiB used 19.77GiB path /dev/sdb
About 230M is still available for later metadata allocation.

Signed-off-by: Qu Wenruo <***@cn.fujitsu.com>
fs/btrfs/volumes.c | 18 ++++++++++++++++++
1 file changed, 18 insertions(+)

diff --git a/fs/btrfs/volumes.c b/fs/btrfs/volumes.c
index d47289c..fa8de79 100644
--- a/fs/btrfs/volumes.c
+++ b/fs/btrfs/volumes.c
@@ -4240,6 +4240,7 @@ static int __btrfs_alloc_chunk(struct btrfs_trans_handle *trans,
int ret;
u64 max_stripe_size;
u64 max_chunk_size;
+ u64 total_avail_space = 0;
u64 stripe_size;
u64 num_bytes;
u64 raid_stripe_len = BTRFS_STRIPE_LEN;
@@ -4352,10 +4353,27 @@ static int __btrfs_alloc_chunk(struct btrfs_trans_handle *trans,
devices_info[ndevs].max_avail = max_avail;
devices_info[ndevs].total_avail = total_avail;
devices_info[ndevs].dev = device;
+ total_avail_space += total_avail;

+ * Try not to occupy more than half of the unallocated space.
+ * When run short of space and alloc all the space to
+ * data/metadata will cause ENOSPC to be triggered more easily.
+ *
+ * And since the minimum chunk size is 16M, the half-half will cause
+ * 16M allocated from 20M available space and reset 4M will not be
+ * used ever. In that case(16~32M), allocate all directly.
+ */
+ if (total_avail_space < 32 * 1024 * 1024 &&
+ total_avail_space > 16 * 1024 * 1024)
+ max_chunk_size = total_avail_space;
+ else
+ max_chunk_size = min(total_avail_space / 2, max_chunk_size);
+ max_chunk_size = min(total_avail_space / 2, max_chunk_size);
+ /*
* now sort the devices by hole size / available space
sort(devices_info, ndevs, sizeof(struct btrfs_device_info),

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