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Subject[patch] Revert "block: remove artifical max_hw_sectors cap"
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<resent with Jens' email address fixed>

Hi,

This reverts commit 34b48db66e08, which caused significant iozone
performance regressions and uncovered a silent data corruption
bug in at least one disk.

For SAN storage, we've seen initial write and re-write performance drop
25-50% across all I/O sizes. On locally attached storage, we've seen
regressions of 40% for all I/O types, but only for I/O sizes larger than
1MB.

In addition to the performance issues, we've also seen data corruption
on one disk/hba combination. See
http://marc.info/?l=linux-ide&m=143680539400526&w=2

Signed-off-by: Jeff Moyer <jmoyer@redhat.com>

---

I'm open to other suggestions on how to address this, but the
performance regression is seen across a number of our different test
platforms, and the silent data corruption really scares me. Did we
ever get performance numbers that showed a benefit to lifting the
max_sectors_kb cap?

diff --git a/block/blk-settings.c b/block/blk-settings.c
index 12600bf..b160f89 100644
--- a/block/blk-settings.c
+++ b/block/blk-settings.c
@@ -257,7 +257,9 @@ void blk_limits_max_hw_sectors(struct queue_limits *limits, unsigned int max_hw_
__func__, max_hw_sectors);
}

- limits->max_sectors = limits->max_hw_sectors = max_hw_sectors;
+ limits->max_hw_sectors = max_hw_sectors;
+ limits->max_sectors = min_t(unsigned int, max_hw_sectors,
+ BLK_DEF_MAX_SECTORS);
}
EXPORT_SYMBOL(blk_limits_max_hw_sectors);

diff --git a/drivers/block/aoe/aoeblk.c b/drivers/block/aoe/aoeblk.c
index 46c282f..dd73e1f 100644
--- a/drivers/block/aoe/aoeblk.c
+++ b/drivers/block/aoe/aoeblk.c
@@ -395,7 +395,7 @@ aoeblk_gdalloc(void *vp)
WARN_ON(d->flags & DEVFL_TKILL);
WARN_ON(d->gd);
WARN_ON(d->flags & DEVFL_UP);
- blk_queue_max_hw_sectors(q, 1024);
+ blk_queue_max_hw_sectors(q, BLK_DEF_MAX_SECTORS);
q->backing_dev_info.name = "aoe";
q->backing_dev_info.ra_pages = READ_AHEAD / PAGE_CACHE_SIZE;
d->bufpool = mp;
diff --git a/include/linux/blkdev.h b/include/linux/blkdev.h
index d4068c1..1fd459e1 100644
--- a/include/linux/blkdev.h
+++ b/include/linux/blkdev.h
@@ -1138,6 +1138,7 @@ extern int blk_verify_command(unsigned char *cmd, fmode_t has_write_perm);
enum blk_default_limits {
BLK_MAX_SEGMENTS = 128,
BLK_SAFE_MAX_SECTORS = 255,
+ BLK_DEF_MAX_SECTORS = 1024,
BLK_MAX_SEGMENT_SIZE = 65536,
BLK_SEG_BOUNDARY_MASK = 0xFFFFFFFFUL,
};

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