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SubjectRe: [PATCH 4/4] cfq-iosched: fix corner cases in idling logic
On Wed, Dec 02, 2009 at 03:14:22PM +0100, Corrado Zoccolo wrote:
> Hi Jeff,
> On Wed, Dec 2, 2009 at 2:42 PM, Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@redhat.com> wrote:
> > Corrado Zoccolo <czoccolo@gmail.com> writes:
> >
> >> Idling logic was disabled in some corner cases, leading to unfair share
> >> for noidle queues.
> >> * the idle timer was not armed if there were other requests in the
> >>   driver. unfortunately, those requests could come from other workloads,
> >>   or queues for which we don't enable idling. So we will check only
> >>   pending requests from the active queue
> >> * rq_noidle check on no-idle queue could disable the end of tree idle if
> >>   the last completed request was rq_noidle. Now, we will disable that
> >>   idle only if all the queues served in the no-idle tree had rq_noidle
> >>   requests.
> >>
> >> Reported-by: Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com>
> >> Signed-off-by: Corrado Zoccolo <czoccolo@gmail.com>
> >
> >> @@ -2606,17 +2608,27 @@ static void cfq_completed_request(struct request_queue *q, struct request *rq)
> >>                       cfq_clear_cfqq_slice_new(cfqq);
> >>               }
> >>               /*
> >> -              * If there are no requests waiting in this queue, and
> >> -              * there are other queues ready to issue requests, AND
> >> -              * those other queues are issuing requests within our
> >> -              * mean seek distance, give them a chance to run instead
> >> -              * of idling.
> >> +              * Idling is not enabled on:
> >> +              * - expired queues
> >> +              * - idle-priority queues
> >> +              * - async queues
> >> +              * - queues with still some requests queued
> >> +              * - when there is a close cooperator
> >>                */
> >
> > I'm not sure this logic is correct.  Is this for the 2.6.33 branch?
> Yes.
> > If so, the coop flag now means that multiple processes share the same
> > cfqq.  Are you sure this is the right thing to do for close cooperators?
> I'm not sure. I didn't change the logic for close cooperators:
> - else if (cfqq_empty && !cfq_close_cooperator(cfqd, cfqq) &&
> - sync && !rq_noidle(rq))
> - cfq_arm_slice_timer(cfqd);
> + else if (sync && cfqq_empty &&
> + !cfq_close_cooperator(cfqd, cfqq)) {
> + cfqd->noidle_tree_requires_idle |= !rq_noidle(rq);
>
> I changed the rq_noidle part, and rewrote the comment to be aligned
> with the code.
> So I don't mind if you improve (or just remove) the close cooperator part.
> Probably, you should do a test where close cooperating processes are competing
> with a sequential reader, to see the effect of idling or not on them.
>

I also can't find what's wrong with this. Previously we were not merging
close cooperators in a single queue. So if we found a close cooperator
we chose to not idle and move to that close cooperator. Now we try to
merge all the close cooperators in a single queue. But that merging has
not taken place yet and will happen when next request comes.

A normal sequential reader will not find the close cooperator. Only the
queues which should be merged will find the close cooperator. If anyway
these queues are going to be merged soon, there is proably no point in
continuing to idle on this queue in case we found a close cooperator.

So, to me even in new code by jeff, it probably is fine to continue with
policy of not idling if we found a close cooperator.

Thanks
Vivek

> Thanks
> Corrado
>
> >
> > Cheers,
> > Jeff
>
> --
> __________________________________________________________________________
>
> dott. Corrado Zoccolo mailto:czoccolo@gmail.com
> PhD - Department of Computer Science - University of Pisa, Italy
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