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SubjectRe: Is it a workqueue related issue in 2.6.37 (Was: Re: [libvirt] blkio cgroup [solved])
On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 04:03:29PM +0100, Tejun Heo wrote:
> Hello,
>
> On Fri, Feb 25, 2011 at 09:57:08AM -0500, Vivek Goyal wrote:
> > blk_throtl_work() calls generic_make_request() to dispatch some bios and I
> > guess blk_throtl_work() has been put to sleep because threre are no request
> > descriptors available and CFQ is frozen so no requests descriptors get freed
> > hence blk_throtl_work() never finishes.
> >
> > Following caught my eye.
> >
> > ksoftirqd/0-3 [000] 1640.983585: 8,16 m N cfq4810 slice
> > expired t=0
> > ksoftirqd/0-3 [000] 1640.983588: 8,16 m N cfq4810
> > sl_used=2 disp=6 charge=2 iops=0 sect=2080
> > ksoftirqd/0-3 [000] 1640.983589: 8,16 m N cfq4810
> > del_from_rr
> > ksoftirqd/0-3 [000] 1640.983591: 8,16 m N cfq schedule
> > dispatch
> > sshd-3125 [004] 1640.983597: workqueue_queue_work: work
> > struct=ffff88102c3a3110 function=flush_to_ldisc workqueue=ffff88182c834a00
> > req_cpu=4 cpu=4
> > sshd-3125 [004] 1640.983598: workqueue_activate_work: work
> > struct ffff88102c3a3110
> >
> > CFQ tries to schedule a work and but there is no associated
> > "workqueue_queue_work" trace. So it looks like that work never got queued.
> >
> > CFQ calls following.
> >
> > cfq_log(cfqd, "schedule dispatch");
> > kblockd_schedule_work(cfqd->queue, &cfqd->unplug_work);
> >
> > We do see "schedule dispatch" message and kblockd_schedule_work() calls
> > queue_work(). So what happended here? This is strange. I will put one
> > more trace after kblockd_schedule_work() to trace that function returned.
>
> It could be that the unplug work was already queued and in pending
> state. The second queueing request will be ignored then. So, I think
> the problem is that blk_throtl_work() occupies kblockd but requires
> another work item (unplug_work) to make forward progress. In such
> cases, forward progress cannot be guaranteed. Either
> blk_throtl_work() or cfq unplug work should use a separate workqueue.

Ok, that would make sense. So blk_throtl_work() can not finish as CFQ
is not making progress and no request descriptors are being freed and
unplug_work() is not being called because blk_throtl_work() has not finished.
So that's cyclic dependency and I should use a separate work queue for
queueing throttle related work. I will write a patch.

Thanks
Vivek


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