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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/3] vhost: replace vhost_workqueue with per-vhost kthread
On Mon, May 31, 2010 at 05:45:07PM +0200, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello,
>
> On 05/31/2010 05:22 PM, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > On Sun, May 30, 2010 at 10:24:01PM +0200, Tejun Heo wrote:
> >> Replace vhost_workqueue with per-vhost kthread. Other than callback
> >> argument change from struct work_struct * to struct vhost_poll *,
> >> there's no visible change to vhost_poll_*() interface.
> >
> > I would prefer a substructure vhost_work, even just to make
> > the code easier to review and compare to workqueue.c.
>
> Yeap, sure.
>
> >> The problem is that I have no idea how to test this.
> >
> > It's a 3 step process:
> ...
> > You should now be able to ping guest to host and back.
> > Use something like netperf to stress the connection.
> > Close qemu with kill -9 and unload module to test flushing code.
>
> Thanks for the instruction. I'll see if there's a way to do it
> without building qemu myself on opensuse.

My guess is no, there was no stable qemu release with vhost net support
yet. Building it is mostly configure/make/make install,
as far as I remember you only need devel versions of X libraries,
SDL and curses installed.

> But please feel free to go
> ahead and test it. It might just work! :-)
>
> >> + if (poll) {
> >> + __set_current_state(TASK_RUNNING);
> >> + poll->fn(poll);
> >> + smp_wmb(); /* paired with rmb in vhost_poll_flush() */
> >> + poll->done_seq = poll->queue_seq;
> >> + wake_up_all(&poll->done);
> >
>
> > This seems to add wakeups on data path, which uses spinlocks etc.
> > OTOH workqueue.c adds a special barrier entry which only does a
> > wakeup when needed. Right?
>
> Yeah, well, if it's a really hot path sure we can avoid wake_up_all()
> in most cases. Do you think that would be necessary?

My guess is yes. This is really very hot path in code, and we are
close to 100% CPU in some benchmarks.

> >> -void vhost_cleanup(void)
> >> -{
> >> - destroy_workqueue(vhost_workqueue);
> >
> > I note that destroy_workqueue does a flush, kthread_stop
> > doesn't. Right? Sure we don't need to check nothing is in one of
> > the lists? Maybe add a BUG_ON?
>
> There were a bunch of flushes before kthread_stop() and they seemed to
> stop and flush everything. Aren't they enough?

I was just asking, I'll need to review the code in depth.

> We can definitely add
> BUG_ON() after kthread_should_stop() check succeeds either way tho.
>
> Thanks.
>
> --
> tejun


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