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SubjectRe: Problem with aacraid driver in 2.5.63-bk-latest
Douglas Gilbert wrote:
> Alan Cox wrote:
>
>> On Wed, 2003-03-12 at 23:55, Douglas Gilbert wrote:
>>
>>> /*
>>> * Limit max queue depth on a single lun to 256 for now.
>>> Remember,
>>> * we allocate a struct scsi_command for each of these and
>>> keep it
>>> * around forever. Too deep of a depth just wastes memory.
>>> */
>>> if(tags > 256)
>>> return;
>>> ....
>>
>>
>>
>> I can see the memory consideration. However the thing can really
>> handle big
>> queues well. Possibly we should be setting the queue to 512 /
>> somefunction(volumes)
>> though to avoid the worst case overcommit here
>
>
> The situation is different between 2.4 and 2.5 ...
>
> In 2.4 the per device queue_depth is an unsigned char
> and that number of scsi_cmnd instances are pre-allocated
> in the scsi_build_commandblocks() function. So the worst
> case number of scsi_cmnd instances for all scsi devices
> is always available (at the expense of [wasted] ram).

Correct.

> In 2.5 queue_depth is an unsigned short and a slab
> allocator called "scsi_cmd_cache" is used as required.
> There is some throttle logic (or at least it has been
> talked about) to make sure one scsi_cmnd instance per
> scsi device will always be available.

Not throttle logic, we simply have a struct list_head that we stick one
command (per host) onto and should it ever need to be used, then in
scsi_done() when we would normally free a command we are done with we
instead stick it back on that list head. That way, memory pressure
can't kill us, just slow us down.

> I think that comment (probably by Doug Ledford) refers
> to the 2.5 series before the slab allocator was
> introduced.

Yep.


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