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    SubjectRe: [patch 3/3]cfq-iosched: don't idle if a deep seek queue is slow
    On Mon, Nov 08, 2010 at 10:07:25AM +0800, Shaohua Li wrote:
    > If a deep seek queue slowly deliver requests but disk is much faster, idle
    > for the queue just wastes disk throughput. If the queue delevers all requests
    > before half its slice is used, the patch disable idle for it.
    > In my test, application delivers 32 requests one time, the disk can accept
    > 128 requests at maxium and disk is fast. without the patch, the throughput
    > is just around 30m/s, while with it, the speed is about 80m/s. The disk is
    > a SSD, but is detected as a rotational disk. I can configure it as SSD, but
    > I thought the deep seek queue logic should be fixed too, for example,
    > considering a fast raid.
    >

    Hi Shaohua,

    So looks like you are trying to cut down queue idling in the case when
    device is fast and idling hurts. That's a noble goal, just that detetction
    of this condition only for deep queues does not seem to cover lots of
    cases. Manually one can set slice_idle=0 to handle this situation.

    What about if you have lots of sequential queues (not deep) and they all
    will still idle.

    Secondly, what if driver is just buffering lots of requests in its device
    queue and not necessarily device is processing the reuqests faster.

    So I think it is a good idea to cut down on idling if we can find that
    underlying device is fast and idling on queue might hurt more. But
    discovering this only using deep queues does not sound very appleaing to
    me. This is help only a particular workload which is driving deep queues.
    So if there was a generic mechanism to tackle this, that would be much
    better.

    Vivek



    > Signed-off-by: Shaohua Li <shaohua.li@intel.com>
    >
    > ---
    > block/cfq-iosched.c | 11 +++++++++++
    > 1 file changed, 11 insertions(+)
    >
    > Index: linux/block/cfq-iosched.c
    > ===================================================================
    > --- linux.orig/block/cfq-iosched.c 2010-11-08 08:43:51.000000000 +0800
    > +++ linux/block/cfq-iosched.c 2010-11-08 08:49:52.000000000 +0800
    > @@ -2293,6 +2293,17 @@ static struct cfq_queue *cfq_select_queu
    > goto keep_queue;
    > }
    >
    > + /*
    > + * This is a deep seek queue, but the device is much faster than
    > + * the queue can deliver, don't idle
    > + **/
    > + if (CFQQ_SEEKY(cfqq) && cfq_cfqq_idle_window(cfqq) &&
    > + (cfq_cfqq_slice_new(cfqq) ||
    > + (cfqq->slice_end - jiffies > jiffies - cfqq->slice_start))) {
    > + cfq_clear_cfqq_deep(cfqq);
    > + cfq_clear_cfqq_idle_window(cfqq);
    > + }
    > +
    > if (cfqq->dispatched && cfq_should_idle(cfqd, cfqq)) {
    > cfqq = NULL;
    > goto keep_queue;
    >


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