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SubjectRe: [patch] use cheaper elv_queue_empty when unplug a device
Jens Axboe wrote:

> Looks good, I've been toying with something very similar for a long time
> myself.
> The unplug change is a no-brainer.

Yep - I may have even stolen it from you (or someone) from a patch
which had been forgotten. I can't remember for sure, but it is trivial
enough that anyone could come up with it if they noticed, so I won't
worry about attribution ;)

> The retry stuff i __make_request()
> will make no real difference on 'typical' hardware, when it was
> introduced in 2.4.x it was very useful on slower devices like dvd-rams.
> The batch wakeups should take care of this.

OK cool, that was the main thing I was unsure of.

> The atomic-vs-blocking allocation should be tested. I'd really like it
> to be a "don't dive into the vm very much, just wait on the mempool"
> type allocation, so we are not at the mercy of long vm reclaim times
> hurting the latencies here.

Ahh yes I forgot it was backing it with a mempool. The problem I see
with that is that GFP_ATOMIC allocations eat into the mm's "atomic
reserve" pool (main use: networking), which would be nice not to.

So long as we are sure that we'll *eventually* fall back to the mempool,
it should be OK (but I still agree should have testing) - that isn't
entirely clear though, because the page allocator infinitely loops on
small allocations unless __GFP_NORETRY is set.

Andrew - tell me I'm missing something?


linux-2.6-npiggin/mm/mempool.c | 5 ++++-
1 files changed, 4 insertions(+), 1 deletion(-)

diff -puN mm/mempool.c~mempool-can-fail mm/mempool.c
--- linux-2.6/mm/mempool.c~mempool-can-fail 2005-03-29 19:45:02.000000000 +1000
+++ linux-2.6-npiggin/mm/mempool.c 2005-03-29 19:48:05.000000000 +1000
@@ -198,7 +198,10 @@ void * mempool_alloc(mempool_t *pool, in
void *element;
unsigned long flags;
- int gfp_nowait = gfp_mask & ~(__GFP_WAIT | __GFP_IO);
+ int gfp_nowait;
+ gfp_mask |= __GFP_NORETRY; /* don't loop in __alloc_pages */
+ gfp_nowait = gfp_mask & ~(__GFP_WAIT | __GFP_IO);

might_sleep_if(gfp_mask & __GFP_WAIT);
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