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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/6] nvme-pci: fix the freeze and quiesce for shutdown and reset case
On Wed, Feb 07, 2018 at 10:13:51AM +0800, jianchao.wang wrote:
> What's the difference ? Can you please point out.
> I have shared my understanding below.
> But actually, I don't get the point what's the difference you said.

It sounds like you have all the pieces. Just keep this in mind: we don't
want to fail IO if we can prevent it.

A request is allocated from an hctx pool of tags. Once the request is
allocated, it is permently tied to that hctx because that's where its
tag came from. If that hctx becomes invalid, the request has to be ended
with an error, and we can't do anything about that[*].

Prior to a reset, we currently halt new requests from being allocated by
freezing the request queues. We unfreeze the queues after the new state
of the hctx's is established. This way all IO requests that were gating
on the unfreeze are guaranteed to enter into a valid context.

You are proposing to skip freeze on a reset. New requests will then be
allocated before we've established the hctx map. Any request allocated
will have to be terminated in failure if the hctx is no longer valid
once the reset completes.

Yes, it's entirely possible today a request allocated prior to the reset
may need to be terminated after the reset. There's nothing we can do
about those except end them in failure, but we can prevent new ones from
sharing the same fate. You are removing that prevention, and that's what
I am complaining about.

* Future consideration: we recently obtained a way to "steal" bios that
looks like it may be used to back out certain types of requests and let
the bio create a new one.

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