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Date:   Wed, 7 Sep 2016 18:12:51 -0700
From:   Alexei Starovoitov <ast@...com>
To:     Omar Sandoval <osandov@...ndov.com>
CC:     Jens Axboe <axboe@...com>, <linux-block@...r.kernel.org>,
        <linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org>, <kernel-team@...com>
Subject: Re: [PATCH v2 1/5] blk-mq: abstract tag allocation out into
 scale_bitmap library

On 9/7/16 5:38 PM, Omar Sandoval wrote:
> On Wed, Sep 07, 2016 at 05:01:56PM -0700, Alexei Starovoitov wrote:
>> On 9/7/16 4:46 PM, Omar Sandoval wrote:
>>> From: Omar Sandoval <osandov@...com>
>>>
>>> This is a generally useful data structure, so make it available to
>>> anyone else who might want to use it. It's also a nice cleanup
>>> separating the allocation logic from the rest of the tag handling logic.
>>>
>>> The code is behind a new Kconfig option, CONFIG_SCALE_BITMAP, which is
>>> only selected by CONFIG_BLOCK for now.
>>>
>>> This should be a complete noop functionality-wise.
>>>
>>> Signed-off-by: Omar Sandoval <osandov@...com>
>>> ---
>>>    MAINTAINERS                  |   1 +
>>>    block/Kconfig                |   1 +
>>>    block/blk-mq-tag.c           | 469 ++++++++++---------------------------------
>>>    block/blk-mq-tag.h           |  37 +---
>>>    block/blk-mq.c               | 113 +++--------
>>>    block/blk-mq.h               |   9 -
>>>    include/linux/blk-mq.h       |   9 +-
>>>    include/linux/scale_bitmap.h | 340 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>>>    lib/Kconfig                  |   3 +
>>>    lib/Makefile                 |   2 +
>>>    lib/scale_bitmap.c           | 305 ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
>> ...
>>> diff --git a/include/linux/scale_bitmap.h b/include/linux/scale_bitmap.h
>>> new file mode 100644
>>> index 0000000..63f712b
>>> --- /dev/null
>>> +++ b/include/linux/scale_bitmap.h
>>> @@ -0,0 +1,340 @@
>>> +/*
>>> + * Fast and scalable bitmaps.
>> ...
>>> +/**
>>> + * struct scale_bitmap_word - Word in a &struct scale_bitmap.
>>> + */
>>> +struct scale_bitmap_word {
>>> +/**
>>> + * struct scale_bitmap - Scalable bitmap.
>>> + *
>>> + * A &struct scale_bitmap is spread over multiple cachelines to avoid ping-pong.
>>> + * This trades off higher memory usage for better scalability.
>>> + */
>>> +struct scale_bitmap {
>>
>> scale_bitmap sounds odd, since 'scale' is also a verb.
>> We also have lib/rhashtable.c:
>>   * Resizable, Scalable, Concurrent Hash Table
>> everything is 'scalable' nowadays.
>
> Agreed, I'm not a huge fan of the name.
>
>> May be resizable bitmap would be a better name?
>> 'struct rbitmap'... lib/rbitmap.c ?
>>
>
> Hm, the resizing operation isn't very well thought-out right now, it's
> there because it's okay for the way blk-mq uses it, but it's definitely
> not the point of the data structure. It's more of a cache-friendly
> bitmap, or a sparse bitmap. `struct sbitmap`? `struct cbitmap`?

yeah. naming is hard.
I think the name ideally should indicate how this bitmap
is different from array of bits that is already covered by
primitives in bitmap.h
Is it because the user can wait on the bit or because it's
smp aware? sort of percpu? I think that's the main trick how
it achieves good concurrent set/get access, right?
struct pcpu_bitmap ?
struct sbitmap is fine too.

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