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SubjectRe: [PATCH v2 1/2] block: skip elevator initialization for flush requests
On Wed, Feb 02 2011 at  4:51pm -0500,
Vivek Goyal <vgoyal@redhat.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Feb 01, 2011 at 05:46:12PM -0500, Mike Snitzer wrote:
> > Skip elevator initialization during request allocation if REQ_SORTED
> > is not set in the @rw_flags passed to the request allocator.
> >
> > Set REQ_SORTED for all requests that may be put on IO scheduler. Flush
> > requests are not put on IO scheduler so REQ_SORTED is not set for
> > them.
>
> So we are doing all this so that elevator_private and flush data can
> share the space through union and we can avoid increasing the size
> of struct rq by 1 pointer (4 or 8 bytes depneding on arch)?

Correct.

> > diff --git a/block/blk-core.c b/block/blk-core.c
> > index 72dd23b..f6fcc64 100644
> > --- a/block/blk-core.c
> > +++ b/block/blk-core.c
> > @@ -1197,6 +1202,7 @@ static int __make_request(struct request_queue *q, struct bio *bio)
> > const unsigned short prio = bio_prio(bio);
> > const bool sync = !!(bio->bi_rw & REQ_SYNC);
> > const bool unplug = !!(bio->bi_rw & REQ_UNPLUG);
> > + const bool flush = !!(bio->bi_rw & (REQ_FLUSH | REQ_FUA));
> > const unsigned long ff = bio->bi_rw & REQ_FAILFAST_MASK;
> > int where = ELEVATOR_INSERT_SORT;
> > int rw_flags;
> > @@ -1210,7 +1216,7 @@ static int __make_request(struct request_queue *q, struct bio *bio)
> >
> > spin_lock_irq(q->queue_lock);
> >
> > - if (bio->bi_rw & (REQ_FLUSH | REQ_FUA)) {
> > + if (flush) {
> > where = ELEVATOR_INSERT_FLUSH;
> > goto get_rq;
> > }
> > @@ -1293,6 +1299,14 @@ get_rq:
> > rw_flags |= REQ_SYNC;
> >
> > /*
> > + * Set REQ_SORTED for all requests that may be put on IO scheduler.
> > + * The request allocator's IO scheduler initialization will be skipped
> > + * if REQ_SORTED is not set.
> > + */
>
> Do you want to mention here that why do we want to avoid IO scheduler
> initialization. Specifically mention that set_request() is avoided so
> that elevator_private[*] are not initialized and that space can be
> used by flush request data.

Sure, I'll post a v3 for this patch with that edit and your Acked-by.

Thanks,
Mike


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