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SubjectRe: [RFC PATCH]vhost-blk: In-kernel accelerator for virtio block device
On 07/30/2011 02:12 AM, Badari Pulavarty wrote:
> Hi Liu Yuan,
>
> I am glad to see that you started looking at vhost-blk. I did an
> attempt year ago to improve block
> performance using vhost-blk approach.
>
> http://lwn.net/Articles/379864/
> http://lwn.net/Articles/382543/
>
> I will take a closer look at your patchset to find differences and
> similarities.
>
> - I focused on using vfs interfaces in the kernel, so that I can use
> it for file-backed devices.
> Our use-case scenario is mostly file-backed images.
>
vhost-blk's that uses Linux AIO also support file-backed images.
Actually, I have run Guests both on raw partition and raw file images.

> - In few cases, virtio-blk did outperform vhost-blk -- which was
> counter intuitive - but
> couldn't exactly nail down. why ?
>
> - I had to implement my own threads for parellism. I see that you are
> using aio infrastructure
> to get around it.
>
> - In our high scale performance testing, what we found is block-backed
> device performance is
> pretty close to bare-metal (91% of bare-metal). vhost-blk didn't add
> any major benefits to it.
> I am curious on your performance analysis & data on where you see the
> gains and why ?
>
Possibly bypass vfs-layer and translate sg lists from virtio buffer into
BIOs would benefit the block-backed device. I'll give it a try later.

> Hence I prioritized my work low :(
>
> Now that you are interested in driving this, I am happy to work with
> you and see what
> vhost-blk brings to the tables. (even if helps us improve virtio-blk).
>
> Thanks,
> Badari
>
>

That's great.

Yuan


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