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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] cfq: always return false from should_idle if slice_idle is set to zero
On Mon, Jun 21, 2010 at 03:49:48PM -0400, Jeff Moyer wrote:
> Hi,
> In testing a competing fsync-ing process and a sequential reader on
> mid-grade storage, I found that cfq was incapable of achieving the I/O
> rates of deadline, no matter how it was tuned. Investigation, and insight
> from Vivek (mostly the latter), led to identifying that we were still
> idling for the last queue in the service tree.
> Modifying cfq_should_idle to not idle when slice_idle is set to zero got
> us much closer to the performance of deadline for this workload. I have
> one follow-on patch that gets us on-par with deadline, but I think this
> patch stands alone.
> Comments, as always, are appreciated.

Looks good to me Jeff. This does take away one functionality and that is
ability to get group service differentation even with slice_idle=0.
cfq_should_idle() was making sure that we don't select the next queue
from next group.

But I think a better way to fix that would be to introduce a new tunable
say group_idle. That way if we are running on some powerful storage box
and don't want the overhead of idling, we can do slice_idle=0 and not idle
among the cfqq's with-in group but still do idle a bit on group and get
the group service differentiation.

I have a small patch for implementing group_idle. I will post that once
you patch is in Jens's tree.


> Cheers,
> Jeff
> Signed-off-by: Jeff Moyer <>
> ---
> block/cfq-iosched.c | 4 ++++
> 1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 0 deletions(-)
> diff --git a/block/cfq-iosched.c b/block/cfq-iosched.c
> index 5ff4f48..572a050 100644
> --- a/block/cfq-iosched.c
> +++ b/block/cfq-iosched.c
> @@ -1842,6 +1842,10 @@ static bool cfq_should_idle(struct cfq_data *cfqd, struct cfq_queue *cfqq)
> if (prio == IDLE_WORKLOAD)
> return false;
> + /* Don't idle if slice idling is disabled by the user */
> + if (cfqd->cfq_slice_idle == 0)
> + return false;
> +
> /* We do for queues that were marked with idle window flag. */
> if (cfq_cfqq_idle_window(cfqq) &&
> !(blk_queue_nonrot(cfqd->queue) && cfqd->hw_tag))
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