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SubjectRe: IO queuing and complete affinity with threads (was Re: [PATCH 0/8] IO queuing and complete affinity)
On Fri, Feb 08, 2008 at 08:47:47AM +0100, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Fri, Feb 08 2008, Nick Piggin wrote:
> > On Thu, Feb 07, 2008 at 07:25:45PM +0100, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > > Hi,
> > >
> > > Here's a variant using kernel threads only, the nasty arch bits are then
> > > not needed. Works for me, no performance testing (that's a hint for Alan
> > > to try and queue up some testing for this variant as well :-)
> >
> > Well this stuff looks pretty nice (although I'm not sure whether the
> > softirq->thread changes are a good idea for performance, I guess we'll
> > see).
>
> Yeah, that is indeed an open question and why I have two seperate
> patches for now (io-cpu-affinity branch and io-cpu-affinity-kthread
> branch). As Ingo mentioned, this is how softirqs are handled in the -rt
> branch already.

True, although there are some IO workloads where -rt falls behind
mainline. May not be purely due to irq threads though, of course.


> > You still don't have the option that the Intel patch gave, that is,
> > to submit on the completer. I guess that you could do it somewhat
> > generically by having a cpuid in the request queue, and update that
> > with the completing cpu.
>
> Not sure what you mean, if setting queue_affinity doesn't accomplish it.
> If you know the completing CPU to begin with, surely you can just set
> the queuing affinity appropriately?

And if you don't?


> > At least they reported it to be the most efficient scheme in their
> > testing, and Dave thought that migrating completions out to submitters
> > might be a bottleneck in some cases.
>
> More so than migrating submitters to completers? The advantage of only
> movign submitters is that you get rid of the completion locking. Apart
> from that, the cost should be the same, especially for the thread based
> solution.

Not specifically for the block layer, but higher layers like xfs.



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