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SubjectRe: io_request_lock patch?
On Thu, Jul 12 2001, Dipankar Sarma wrote:
> On Wed, Jul 11, 2001 at 09:20:22PM +0200, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > True. In theory it would be possible to do request slot stealing from
> > idle queues, in fact it's doable without adding any additional overhead
> > to struct request. I did discuss this with [someone, forgot who] last
> > year, when the per-queue slots where introduced.
> >
> > I'm not sure I want to do this though. If you have lots of disks, then
> > yes there will be some wastage if they are idle. IMO that's ok. What's
> > not ok and what I do want to fix is that slower devices get just as many
> > slots as a 15K disk for instance. For, say, floppy or CDROM devices we
> > really don't need to waste that much RAM. This will change for 2.5, not
> > before.
> Unless there is some serious evidence substantiating the need for
> stealing request slots from other devices to avoid starvation, it
> makes sense to avoid it and go for a simpler scheme. I suspect that device
> type based slot allocation should just suffice.

My point exactly. And typically, if you have lots of queues you have
lots of RAM. A standard 128meg desktop machine does not waste a whole

Jens Axboe

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