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SubjectRe: RFC: default group_isolation to 1, remove option
On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 6:20 AM, Vivek Goyal <> wrote:
> On Mon, Feb 28, 2011 at 04:19:43PM -0800, Justin TerAvest wrote:
>> Hi Vivek,
>> I'd like to propose removing the group_isolation setting and changing
>> the default to 1. Do we know if anyone is using group_isolation=0 to get
>> easy group separation between sequential readers and random readers?
> CCing Corrado.
> I like the idea of setting group_isolation = 1 to default. So far I have
> not found anybody trying to use group_isolation=0 and every time I had
> to say can you try setting group_isolation to 1 if you are not seeing
> service differentiation.
> I think I would not mind removing it completely altogether also. This will
> also remove some code from CFQ. The reason we introduced group_isolation
> because by default we idle on sync-noidle tree and on fast devices idling on
> every syn-noidle tree can be very harmful for throughput, especially on faster
> storage like storage arrays.
> One of the soutions for that problem can be that run with slice idle
> enabled on SATA disks and run with slice_idle=0 and possibly group_idle=0
> also on faster storage. Setting idling to 0 will increase throughput but
> at the same time reduce the isolation significantly. But I guess this
> is the performance vs isolation trade off.

I agree. Thanks! I'll send a patch shortly, CCing everyone here and we
can have any further discussion there.

>> Allowing group_isolation complicates implementing per-cgroup request
>> descriptor pools when a queue is moved to the root group. Specifically,
>> if we have pools per-cgroup, we would be forced to use request
>> descriptors from the pool for the "original" cgroup, while the requests
>> are actually being serviced by the root cgroup.
> I think creating per group request pool will complicate the implementation
> further. (we have done that once in the past). Jens once mentioned that
> he liked number of requests per iocontext limit better than overall queue
> limit. So if we implement per iocontext limit, it will get rid of need
> of doing anything extra for group infrastructure.

I will go read the discussion history for this, but I am concerned that doing
page tracking to look up the iocontext will be more complicated than
tracking dirtied pages per-cgroup. I would hope there is a big advantage
to per icontext limits.


> Jens, do you think per iocontext per queue limit on request descriptors make
> sense and we can get rid of per queue overall limit?
> Thanks
> Vivek

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