Re: [PATCH 15/20] blkio: Take care of preemptions across groups

From: Jeff Moyer
Date: Wed Nov 04 2009 - 14:30:59 EST

Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@xxxxxxxxxx> writes:

> It will not as we traverse up the hierarchy and look for the ioprio class
> of the group entity.
> So if you got following configuration where G1 and G2 are two groups. G1
> is prio class RT and G2 is prio class BE, then any queue in G1 will
> preempt any queue in G2 as at highest level, G1 and G2 are different class
> altogether.
> root
> / \
> G1 G2
> Normal cfqq preemption checks will not catch this. So if G2 has some BE
> cfqq running, and some BE queue gets backlogged in G1, this new queue wil
> not preempt the queue in G2 and it should have.
> That's why preemption checks at group level.
> Secondly if G1 and G2 are of ioprioclass BE and all the jobs in G1 are of
> RT nature, they will not preempt the queues in G2, hence providing
> isolation.

Thanks for the explanation, Vivek. I somehow missed that we were
checking the class of the group entity and not the cfqq's entity.

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