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SubjectRe: [PATCH 0/3] have pooled sunrpc services make more intelligent allocations
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Jeff:

This brings up an interesting issue with the RDMA transport and
RDMA_READ. RDMA_READ is submitted as part of fetching an RPC from the
client (e.g. NFS_WRITE). The xpo_recvfrom function doesn't block waiting
for the RDMA_READ to complete, but rather queues the RPC for subsequent
processing when the I/O completes and returns 0.

I can use these new services to allocate CPU local pages for this I/O.
So far, so good. However, when the I/O completes, and the transport is
rescheduled for subsequent RPC completion processing, the pool/CPU that
is elected doesn't have any affinity for the CPU on which the I/O was
initially submitted. I think this means that the svc_process/reply steps
may occur on a CPU far away from the memory in which the data resides.

Am I making sense here? If so, any thoughts on what could/should be
done?

Thanks,
Tom

On Tue, 2008-06-03 at 07:16 -0400, Jeff Layton wrote:
> The sunrpc code has had some support for spreading pooled services over
> different NUMA nodes and CPUs for some time. So far though, this support
> has been for CPU masks only. Memory allocated for these services is
> generally done by whatever CPU happens to be running the init script
> that starts the services and so most of it ends up on the same NUMA node.
> This means that nfsd's end up wasting a lot of time updating remote
> memory on a different memory node.
>
> This patchset attempts to remedy that by having pooled services make
> per-thread allocations that are on their local memory node. I have no
> hard performance numbers for this particular patchset, but Greg Banks
> sent me a different patch that has a similar effect and claims that
> there is a significant performance gain.
>
> Comments and suggestions appreciated...
>
> Signed-off-by: Jeff Layton <jlayton@redhat.com>
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