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SubjectRe: [PATCH 1/2] cfq-iosched: Don't set active queue in preempt
On Tue, Mar 22, 2011 at 02:58:48PM -0700, Justin TerAvest wrote:
[..]
> >>       cfqd->active_queue = cfqq;
> >> @@ -3332,7 +3338,8 @@ static void cfq_preempt_queue(struct cfq_data *cfqd, struct cfq_queue *cfqq)
> >>       BUG_ON(!cfq_cfqq_on_rr(cfqq));
> >>
> >>       cfq_service_tree_add(cfqd, cfqq, 1);
> >> -     __cfq_set_active_queue(cfqd, cfqq);
> >> +
> >> +     cfq_clear_queue_stats(cfqd, cfqq);
> >
> > Hi Justin,
> >
> > Why do we have to clear queue stats here for the preempting queue?
> >
> > Especially look at cfqq->dispatch_start = jiffies. We have not started
> > the dispatch yet. When this queue is selected next, then we will start
> > the dispatch.
> >
> > So this patch has introduced another bug now. Now after preemption if
> > we don't select this group, then we have a queue with wrong dispatch
> > start and that will result in huge slice_used for the queue and
> > it will not get its fair share.
>
> Hi Vivek,
>
> Ugh, you're right. Sorry, I had some bad ideas in my head for how
> preemption worked that clearly aren't true.
> I think that if the stats aren't cleared here, everything should then
> be fine because jiffies will then be picked up when the active queue
> is set. Does that sound sane to you?
>

Yes, that makes sense. Primarily you are looking for unaccounted seek time
(slice_start - dispatch_start) and dispatch_start will be set when the
preempting queue is selected for dispatch. So I don't think you have to
clear up anything in cfq_preempt_queue().

Thanks
Vivek
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