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SubjectRe: [PATCH V7 4/6] blk-mq: introduce .get_budget and .put_budget in blk_mq_ops
On Thu, Oct 12, 2017 at 12:46:24PM -0600, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On 10/12/2017 12:37 PM, Ming Lei wrote:
> > For SCSI devices, there is often per-request-queue depth, which need
> > to be respected before queuing one request.
> >
> > The current blk-mq always dequeues one request first, then calls .queue_rq()
> > to dispatch the request to lld. One obvious issue of this way is that I/O
> > merge may not be good, because when the per-request-queue depth can't be
> > respected, .queue_rq() has to return BLK_STS_RESOURCE, then this request
> > has to staty in hctx->dispatch list, and never got chance to participate
> > into I/O merge.
> >
> > This patch introduces .get_budget and .put_budget callback in blk_mq_ops,
> > then we can try to get reserved budget first before dequeuing request.
> > Once we can't get budget for queueing I/O, we don't need to dequeue request
> > at all, then I/O merge can get improved a lot.
> I can't help but think that it would be cleaner to just be able to
> reinsert the request into the scheduler properly, if we fail to
> dispatch it. Bart hinted at that earlier as well.

Actually when I start to investigate the issue, the 1st thing I tried
is to reinsert, but that way is even worse on qla2xxx.

Once request is dequeued, the IO merge chance is decreased a lot.
With none scheduler, it becomes not possible to merge because
we only try to merge over the last 8 requests. With mq-deadline,
when one request is reinserted, another request may be dequeued
at the same time.

Not mention the cost of acquiring/releasing lock, that work
is just doing useless work and wasting CPU.

> With that, you would not need budget functions.
> I don't feel _that_ strongly about it, though, and it is something
> we can do down the line as well. I'd just hate having to introduce
> budget ops only to kill them a little later.
> If we stick with the budget, then add a parallel blk_mq_get_budget()
> like you have a blk_mq_put_budget(), so we don't have to litter the code
> with things like:
> > + if (q->mq_ops->get_budget && !q->mq_ops->get_budget(hctx))
> > + return true;
> all over the place. There are also a few places where you don't use
> blk_mq_put_budget() but open-code it instead, you should be consistent.



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