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SubjectRe: cgroup: Fix split bio been throttled more than once
Hello, Ming.

On Wed, Jul 06, 2016 at 09:10:00AM +0800, Ming Lei wrote:
> > Then we did some research and find that in kernel version 4.3 brought in
> > blk_queue_split() function to split the big size bio into several parts,
> > and some of them are calling the generic_make_request() again, this result
> > the bio been throttled more than once. so the actual bio sent to device is
> > less than we expected.
>
> Except for blk_queue_split(), there are other(stacked) drivers which call
> generic_make_request() too, such as drbd, dm, md and bcache.

So, blk-throtl already uses REQ_THROTTLED to avoid throttling the same
bio multiple times. The problem seems that the flag isn't maintained
through clone.

> >
> > We have checked the newest kernel of 4.7-rc5, this problem is still exist.
> >
> > Based on this kind of situation, we propose a fix solution to add a flag bit
> > in bio to let the splited bio bypass the blk_queue_split(). Below is the patch
> > we used to fix this problem.
>
> The splitted bio is just a fast-cloned bio(except for discard bio) and not very
> special compared with other fast-cloned bio, which is quite common used.
>
> So I guess what you need is to bypass BIO_CLONED bio for this purpose
> since all fast-cloned bio shares the same bvec table of the source bio.

Depending on how a device handles a bio, that could allow bios to
bypass throttling entirely, no? Wouldn't adding REQ_THROTTLED to
REQ_CLONE_MASK work?

Thanks.

--
tejun

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