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Date:   Sun, 24 Oct 2021 11:49:00 -0400
From:   "Michael S. Tsirkin" <mst@...hat.com>
To:     Max Gurtovoy <mgurtovoy@...dia.com>
Cc:     linux-kernel@...r.kernel.org, Jason Wang <jasowang@...hat.com>,
        Paolo Bonzini <pbonzini@...hat.com>,
        Stefan Hajnoczi <stefanha@...hat.com>,
        Jens Axboe <axboe@...nel.dk>,
        virtualization@...ts.linux-foundation.org,
        linux-block@...r.kernel.org
Subject: Re: [PATCH] virtio_blk: allow 0 as num_request_queues

On Sun, Oct 24, 2021 at 06:29:59PM +0300, Max Gurtovoy wrote:
> 
> On 10/24/2021 6:11 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Sun, Oct 24, 2021 at 05:19:33PM +0300, Max Gurtovoy wrote:
> > > On 10/24/2021 4:54 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > > > The default value is 0 meaning "no limit". However if 0
> > > > is specified on the command line it is instead silently
> > > > converted to 1. Further, the value is already validated
> > > > at point of use, there's no point in duplicating code
> > > > validating the value when it is set.
> > > > 
> > > > Simplify the code while making the behaviour more consistent
> > > > by using plain module_param.
> > > > 
> > > > Fixes: 1a662cf6cb9a ("virtio-blk: add num_request_queues module parameter")
> > > > Cc: Max Gurtovoy <mgurtovoy@...dia.com>
> > > > Signed-off-by: Michael S. Tsirkin <mst@...hat.com>
> > > > ---
> > > >    drivers/block/virtio_blk.c | 14 +-------------
> > > >    1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 13 deletions(-)
> > > > 
> > > > diff --git a/drivers/block/virtio_blk.c b/drivers/block/virtio_blk.c
> > > > index 6318134aab76..c336d9bb9105 100644
> > > > --- a/drivers/block/virtio_blk.c
> > > > +++ b/drivers/block/virtio_blk.c
> > > > @@ -30,20 +30,8 @@
> > > >    #define VIRTIO_BLK_INLINE_SG_CNT	2
> > > >    #endif
> > > > -static int virtblk_queue_count_set(const char *val,
> > > > -		const struct kernel_param *kp)
> > > > -{
> > > > -	return param_set_uint_minmax(val, kp, 1, nr_cpu_ids);
> > > > -}
> > > > -
> > > > -static const struct kernel_param_ops queue_count_ops = {
> > > > -	.set = virtblk_queue_count_set,
> > > > -	.get = param_get_uint,
> > > > -};
> > > > -
> > > >    static unsigned int num_request_queues;
> > > > -module_param_cb(num_request_queues, &queue_count_ops, &num_request_queues,
> > > > -		0644);
> > > > +module_param(num_request_queues, uint, 0644);
> > > Not the best solution.
> > > 
> > > You can set the param to 1024 but in practice nr_cpu_ids can be 32 for
> > > example.
> > Well your patch does make it possible to know what nr_cpu_ids is.
> > But does it matter? The actual number of queues is still capped
> > by the num_queues of the device. And I'm concerned that some
> > userspace comes to depend on reading back nr_cpu_ids
> > from there, which will cement this as part of ABI instead of
> > being an implementation detail.
> > Exposing the actual number of queues in sysfs might make more sense ...
> > 
> > Generally you suggested embedded as a use-case, and I don't really
> > see lots of embedded userspace poking at this parameter in sysfs.
> > 
> > What I'd like to see, and attempted to achieve here:
> > - avoid code duplication
> > - consistency: some way to specify the parameter but still make it have the default value
> > 
> > Better suggestions are welcome.
> 
> Just change return param_set_uint_minmax(val, kp, 1, nr_cpu_ids);
> 
> to
> 
> return param_set_uint_minmax(val, kp, *0*, nr_cpu_ids);
> 
> The real amount can be exposed by common sysfs.
> 
> We'll extend virtio_driver to have a new callback to return this value. If
> callback doesn't exist - return -1 (unknown value).

That doesn't avoid code duplication - the limit of nr_cpu_ids
is applied twice.

> > 
> > > >    MODULE_PARM_DESC(num_request_queues,
> > > >    		 "Limit the number of request queues to use for blk device. "
> > > >    		 "0 for no limit. "

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