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SubjectRe: [PATCH scsi-misc-2.6 01/05] scsi: make blk layer set REQ_SOFTBARRIER when a request is dispatched
On Wed, Apr 20 2005, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Nick Piggin wrote:
> > On Wed, 2005-04-20 at 16:40 +0900, Tejun Heo wrote:
> >
> >> Hello, Jens.
> >>
> >>On Wed, Apr 20, 2005 at 08:30:10AM +0200, Jens Axboe wrote:
> >>
> >>>Do it on requeue, please - not on the initial spotting of the request.
> >>
> >> This is the reworked version of the patch. It sets REQ_SOFTBARRIER
> >>in two places - in elv_next_request() on BLKPREP_DEFER and in
> >>blk_requeue_request().
> >>
> >> Other patches apply cleanly with this patch or the original one and
> >>the end result is the same, so take your pick. :-)
> >>
> >
> >
> > I'm not sure that you need *either* one.
> >
> > As far as I'm aware, REQ_SOFTBARRIER is used when feeding requests
> > into the top of the block layer, and is used to guarantee the device
> > driver gets the requests in a specific ordering.
> >
> > When dealing with the requests at the other end (ie.
> > elevator_next_req_fn, blk_requeue_request), then ordering does not
> > change.
> >
> > That is - if you call elevator_next_req_fn and don't dequeue the
> > request, then that's the same request you'll get next time.
> >
> > And blk_requeue_request will push the request back onto the end of
> > the queue in a LIFO manner.
> >
> > So I think adding barriers, apart from not doing anything, confuses
> > the issue because it suggests there *could* be reordering without
> > them.
> >
> > Or am I completely wrong? It's been a while since I last got into
> > the code.
> Well, yeah, all schedulers have dispatch queue (noop has only the
> dispatch queue) and use them to defer/requeue, so no reordering will
> happen, but I'm not sure they are required to be like this or just
> happen to be implemented so.

Precisely, I feel much better making sure SOFTBARRIER is set so that we
_know_ that a scheduler following the outlined rules will do the right

> Hmm, well, it seems that setting REQ_SOFTBARRIER on requeue path isn't
> necessary as we have INSERT_FRONT policy on requeue, and if
> elv_next_req_fn() is required to return the same request when the
> request isn't dequeued, you're right and we don't need this patch at
> all. We are guaranteed that all requeued requests are served in LIFO
> manner.

After a requeue, it is not required to return the same request again.

> BTW, the same un-dequeued request rule is sort of already broken as
> INSERT_FRONT request passes a returned but un-dequeued request, but,
> then again, we need this behavior as we have to favor fully-prepped
> requests over partially-prepped one.

INSERT_FRONT really should skip requests with REQ_STARTED on the
dispatch list to be fully safe.

Jens Axboe

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