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SubjectRe: [PATCH 03/13] scsi: unify allocation of scsi command and sense buffer
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On Tue, 26 May 2009 09:32:29 +0200
Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com> wrote:

> On Tue, May 26 2009, FUJITA Tomonori wrote:
> > On Tue, 26 May 2009 08:29:53 +0200
> > Jens Axboe <jens.axboe@oracle.com> wrote:
> >
> > > On Tue, May 26 2009, FUJITA Tomonori wrote:
> > > > On Mon, 25 May 2009 18:45:25 -0700
> > > > Roland Dreier <rdreier@cisco.com> wrote:
> > > >
> > > > > > Ideally there should be a MACRO that is defined to WORD_SIZE on cache-coherent
> > > > > > ARCHs and to SMP_CACHE_BYTES on none-cache-coherent systems and use that size
> > > > > > at the __align() attribute. (So only stupid ARCHES get hurt)
> > > > >
> > > > > this seems to come up repeatedly -- I had a proposal a _long_ time ago
> > > > > that never quite got merged, cf http://lwn.net/Articles/2265/ and
> > > > > http://lwn.net/Articles/2269/ -- from 2002 (!?). The idea is to go a
> > > >
> > > > Yeah, I think that Benjamin did last time:
> > > >
> > > > http://www.mail-archive.com/linux-scsi@vger.kernel.org/msg12632.html
> > > >
> > > > IIRC, James didn't like it so I wrote the current code. I didn't see
> > > > any big performance difference with scsi_debug:
> > > >
> > > > http://marc.info/?l=linux-scsi&m=120038907123706&w=2
> > > >
> > > > Jens, you see the performance difference due to this unification?
> > >
> > > Yes, it's definitely a worth while optimization. The problem isn't as
> > > such this specific allocation, it's the total number of allocations we
> > > do for a piece of IO. This sense buffer one is just one of many, I'm
> > > continually working to reduce them. If we get rid of this one and add
> > > the ->alloc_cmd() stuff, we can kill one more. The bio path already lost
> > > one. So in the IO stack, we went from 6 allocations to 3 for a piece of
> > > IO. And then it starts to add up. Even at just 30-50k iops, that's more
> > > than 1% of time in the testing I did.
> >
> > I see, thanks. Hmm, possibly slab becomes slower. ;)
> >
> > Then I think that we need something like the ->alloc_cmd()
> > method. Let's ask James.
> >
> > I don't think that it's just about simply adding the hook; there are
> > some issues that we need to think about. Though Boaz worries too much
> > a bit, I think.
> >
> > I'm not sure about this patch if we add ->alloc_cmd(). I doubt that
> > there are any llds don't use ->alloc_cmd() worry about the overhead of
> > the separated sense buffer allocation. If a lld doesn't define the own
> > alloc_cmd, then I think it's fine to use the generic command
> > allocator that does the separate sense buffer allocation.
>
> I think we should do the two things seperately. If we can safely inline
> the sense buffer in the command by doing the right alignment, then lets
> do that. The ->alloc_cmd() approach will be easier to do with an inline
> sense buffer.

BTW, only alignment is not enough (Boaz didn't point out it, I
think). You need alignment and a hole after the buffer:

http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/12/20/661


I think that it is one of these good reasons that we should not inline
the sense buffer. We will enlarge scsi_cmnd lots.


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