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SubjectRe: [patch] speed up single bio_vec allocation
On 12/7/06, Chen, Kenneth W <kenneth.w.chen@intel.com> wrote:
> Nate Diller wrote on Thursday, December 07, 2006 1:46 PM
> > the current code is straightforward and obviously correct. you want
> > to make the alloc/dealloc paths more complex, by special-casing for an
> > arbitrary limit of "small" I/O, AFAICT. of *course* you can expect
> > less overhead when you're doing one large I/O vs. two small ones,
> > that's the whole reason we have all this code to try to coalesce
> > contiguous I/O, do readahead, swap page clustering, etc. we *want*
> > more complexity if it will get us bigger I/Os. I don't see why we
> > want more complexity to reduce the *inherent* penalty of doing smaller
> > ones.
>
> You should check out the latest proposal from Jens Axboe which treats
> all biovec size the same and stuff it along with struct bio. I think
> it is a better approach than my first cut of special casing 1 segment
> biovec. His patch will speed up all sized I/O.

i rather agree with his reservations on that, since we'd be making the
allocator's job harder by requesting order 1 pages for all allocations
on x86_64 large I/O patterns. but it reduces complexity instead of
increasing it ... can you produce some benchmarks not just for your
workload but for one that triggers the order 1 case? biovec-(256)
transfers are more common than you seem to think, and if the allocator
can't do it, that forces the bio code to fall back to 2 x biovec-128,
which, as you indicated above, would show a real penalty.

NATE
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