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SubjectRe: [PATCH 01/10] Documentation
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On Wed, 2009-03-11 at 21:56 -0400, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> +Going back to old behavior
> +==========================
> +In new scheme of things essentially we are creating hierarchical fair
> +queuing logic in elevator layer and changing IO schedulers to make use of
> +that logic so that end IO schedulers start supporting hierarchical scheduling.
> +
> +Elevator layer continues to support the old interfaces. So even if fair queuing
> +is enabled at elevator layer, one can have both new hierarchical scheduler as
> +well as old non-hierarchical scheduler operating.
> +
> +Also noop, deadline and AS have option of enabling hierarchical scheduling.
> +If it is selected, fair queuing is done in hierarchical manner. If hierarchical
> +scheduling is disabled, noop, deadline and AS should retain their existing
> +behavior.
> +
> +CFQ is the only exception where one can not disable fair queuing as it is
> +needed for providing fairness among various threads even in non-hierarchical
> +mode.
> +
> +Various user visible config options
> +===================================
> +CONFIG_IOSCHED_NOOP_HIER
> + - Enables hierchical fair queuing in noop. Not selecting this option
> + leads to old behavior of noop.
> +
> +CONFIG_IOSCHED_DEADLINE_HIER
> + - Enables hierchical fair queuing in deadline. Not selecting this
> + option leads to old behavior of deadline.
> +
> +CONFIG_IOSCHED_AS_HIER
> + - Enables hierchical fair queuing in AS. Not selecting this option
> + leads to old behavior of AS.
> +
> +CONFIG_IOSCHED_CFQ_HIER
> + - Enables hierarchical fair queuing in CFQ. Not selecting this option
> + still does fair queuing among various queus but it is flat and not
> + hierarchical.

One worry I have is that these are compile time switches. Is there any
way you can get the old AS/DEADLINE back when these are enabled but
you're not actively using cgroups?



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