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SubjectRe: [PATCH] virtio_blk: merge S/G list entries by default
Il 07/09/2014 13:41, Michael S. Tsirkin ha scritto:
> 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?

Nope, the buffer usually comes directly from the page cache and will be
page aligned.

Paolo

>> 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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