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SubjectRe: [PATCH] virtio_blk: merge S/G list entries by default
On Sat, Sep 06, 2014 at 04:09:54PM -0700, Christoph Hellwig wrote:
> Most virtio setups have a fairly limited number of ring entries available.

Seems a bit vague: QEMU at least has pretty large queues.
Which hypervisor do you have in mind?
This could be a gain everywhere if you manage to make descriptors
completely linear, so they fit in a single s/g.
ATM __virtblk_add_req always adds an s/g for the header:
is there a chance linux can pre-allocate a bit of memory
in front of the buffer to stick the header in?

> Enable S/G entry merging by default to fit into less of them. This restores
> the behavior at time of the virtio-blk blk-mq conversion, which was changed
> by commit "block: add queue flag for disabling SG merging" which made the
> behavior optional, but didn't update the existing drivers to keep their
> previous behavior.
>
> Signed-off-by: Christoph Hellwig <hch@lst.de>

OK so this is an optimization patch right?
What kind of performance gain is observed with it?

> ---
> drivers/block/virtio_blk.c | 2 +-
> 1 file changed, 1 insertion(+), 1 deletion(-)
>
> diff --git a/drivers/block/virtio_blk.c b/drivers/block/virtio_blk.c
> index 0a58140..311b857 100644
> --- a/drivers/block/virtio_blk.c
> +++ b/drivers/block/virtio_blk.c
> @@ -634,7 +634,7 @@ static int virtblk_probe(struct virtio_device *vdev)
> vblk->tag_set.ops = &virtio_mq_ops;
> vblk->tag_set.queue_depth = virtblk_queue_depth;
> vblk->tag_set.numa_node = NUMA_NO_NODE;
> - vblk->tag_set.flags = BLK_MQ_F_SHOULD_MERGE;
> + vblk->tag_set.flags = BLK_MQ_F_SHOULD_MERGE | BLK_MQ_F_SG_MERGE;
> vblk->tag_set.cmd_size =
> sizeof(struct virtblk_req) +
> sizeof(struct scatterlist) * sg_elems;
> --
> 1.9.1


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