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SubjectRe: [PATCH 2/5] virtio: support unlocked queue kick
On Wed, 2 Nov 2011 03:25:44 -0400, Christoph Hellwig <> wrote:
> On Wed, Nov 02, 2011 at 01:49:36PM +1030, Rusty Russell wrote:
> > I thought it was still a WIP?
> The whole series - yes. This patch (and the serial number rewrite): no
> - these are pretty much rock solid.

OK, thanks.

> > Since the problem is contention on the lock inside the block layer, the
> > simplest solution is to have a separate lock to protect the virtqueue.
> As long as we still use a ->request_fn based driver that is not going
> to buy us anything, in fact it's going to make things worse.

Of course...

> With the ->make_request_fn based driver vlkb->lock does't protect
> anything but the virtuequeue anyway, but not having to take it
> over the wakeup there is a) done easily and b) neatly fits the model.

It adds YA API though. But I can't better it. Doing the "should we
kick" check outside the lock is problematic, and doing it inside every
add() is inefficient.

So let's change the API for everyone, into:

bool virtqueue_should_kick(struct virtqueue *vq);
void virtqueue_kick(struct virtqueue *vq);

Patch series coming...


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