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Date:	Tue, 8 Feb 2011 17:29:57 -0500
From:	Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@...hat.com>
To:	Justin TerAvest <teravest@...gle.com>
Cc:	jaxboe@...ionio.com, ctalbott@...gle.com, mrubin@...gle.com,
	jmoyer@...hat.com, guijianfeng@...fujitsu.com,
	linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] Don't wait if queue already has requests.

On Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 02:21:18PM -0800, Justin TerAvest wrote:
> On Tue, Feb 8, 2011 at 11:48 AM, Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@...hat.com> wrote:
> > On Tue, Feb 08, 2011 at 11:18:17AM -0800, Justin TerAvest wrote:
> >> Commit 7667aa0630407bc07dc38dcc79d29cc0a65553c1 added logic to wait for
> >> the last queue of the group to become busy (have at least one request),
> >> so that the group does not lose out for not being continuously
> >> backlogged. The commit did not check for the condition that the last
> >> queue already has some requests. As a result, if the queue already has
> >> requests, wait_busy is set. Later on, cfq_select_queue() checks the
> >> flag, and decides that since the queue has a request now and wait_busy
> >> is set, the queue is expired.  This results in early expiration of the
> >> queue.
> >
> > Hi Justin,
> >
> > wait_busy will be set only if slice has expired or about to be expired. So
> > even if we are setting wait_busy flag, it is not a huge deal even if
> > select_queue() expires it? Anyway queue has consumed or almost consumed
> > its allocated slice?
> 
> Correct, the queue will have consumed or almost consumed its allocated
> slice. However, this must be happening often enough because there is a
> measurable impact in our testing.
> 
> >
> > Having said that, it does not make sense to set wait_busy flag if
> > cfqq has requests. So I would be fine with the patch. I am just
> > curious that how did you see a difference in practice.
> 
> In practice,
>   - We see some better isolation between tasks with this patch alone
> (Possibly those writes are getting marked SYNC somehow, or it's
> another timing change)
>   - With other patches that introduce isolation between buffered
> writes, we see that isolation works better, especially for cgroups
> with small weights.
> 
> >
> >>
> >> This patch fixes the problem by adding a check to see if queue already
> >> has requests. If it does, wait_busy is not set. As a result, time slices
> >> do not expire early.
> >>
> >> The queues with more than one request are usually buffered writers.
> >> Testing shows improvement in isolation between buffered writers.
> >
> > Upstream code puts all the buffered WRITES in root cgroup. So there
> > is no isolation between buffered WRITES?
> 
> This was a mistake on my part, we have other patches that add
> isolation between buffered writes; I just took this one out of order.
> If you'd like, we can hold on this patch for now and I can resend this
> later, but I think the actual patch itself is still good.

I think this patch as it is good as there is no point in marking a
queue wait_busy if it already has requests.

Acked-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@...hat.com>

Thanks
Vivek

> 
> My apologies for the confusion.
> 
> Thanks,
> Justin
> 
> >
> > Thanks
> > Vivek
> >
> >>
> >> Signed-off-by: Justin TerAvest <teravest@...gle.com>
> >> ---
> >>  block/cfq-iosched.c |    4 ++++
> >>  1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> >>
> >> diff --git a/block/cfq-iosched.c b/block/cfq-iosched.c
> >> index 501ffdf..5dcc353 100644
> >> --- a/block/cfq-iosched.c
> >> +++ b/block/cfq-iosched.c
> >> @@ -3432,6 +3432,10 @@ static bool cfq_should_wait_busy(struct cfq_data *cfqd, struct cfq_queue *cfqq)
> >>  {
> >>       struct cfq_io_context *cic = cfqd->active_cic;
> >>
> >> +     /* If the queue already has requests, don't wait */
> >> +     if (!RB_EMPTY_ROOT(&cfqq->sort_list))
> >> +             return false;
> >> +
> >>       /* If there are other queues in the group, don't wait */
> >>       if (cfqq->cfqg->nr_cfqq > 1)
> >>               return false;
> >> --
> >> 1.7.3.1
> >
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