Re: [PATCH]cfq-iosched: don't stop async queue with async requestspending

From: Gui Jianfeng
Date: Thu Jan 14 2010 - 00:32:32 EST

Shaohua Li wrote:
> On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 07:13:41PM +0800, Vivek Goyal wrote:
>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 04:23:22PM +0800, Shaohua Li wrote:
>>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 04:18:47PM +0800, Corrado Zoccolo wrote:
>>>> On Wed, Jan 13, 2010 at 8:44 AM, Shaohua Li <> wrote:
>>>>> My SSD speed of direct write is about 80m/s, while I test page writeback,
>>>>> the speed can only go to 68m/s. Below patch fixes this.
>>>>> It appears we missused cfq_should_idle in cfq_may_dispatch. cfq_should_idle
>>>>> means a queue should idle because it's seekless sync queue or it's the last queue,
>>>>> which is to maintain service tree time slice. So it doesn't mean the
>>>>> last queue is always a sync queue. If the last queue is asyn queue,
>>>>> we definitely shouldn't stop dispatch requests because of pending async
>>>>> requests.
>>>> An other option is that cfq_should_idle returns false for async
>>>> queues, since cfq will never idle on them.
>>> I'm considering this option too, but it appears we need make async queue
>>> idle to maintain domain time slice.
>> IMHO, we don't have to wait on async write service tree. Generally aysnc
>> write queus contain many requests and they are not like reads where next
>> request is expected. So idling on aysnc write service tree is waste of
>> time and will lead to reduced throughput.
> I fully agree async queue doesn't need wait. I thought the purpose we add the last
> queue check in cfq_should_idle is we want a service tree or a group has dedicated
> slice, because before the service tree/group slice is expired, new queue can jump
> in and if we don't idle, the new queue can only run at next slice. Not sure if I
> understand the code correctly.

Hi Shaohua,

If a cfq queue is the last one in the io group, if we expire this cfqq immediately,
io group will be removed from service tree. When io group gets backlogged again, it
will be put at the end of service tree, so it loses its previous share. so we add
the last check here from the fairness point of view.


> you are the expert of iogroup. If I'm wrong, I'll be happy to change
> cfq_should_idle(), which is the ideal place to be changed at my first glance.
> Thanks,
> Shaohua

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