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SubjectRe: [PATCH V9 0/7] blk-mq-sched: improve sequential I/O performance
On Fri, Oct 13, 2017 at 02:23:07PM -0600, Jens Axboe wrote:
> On 10/13/2017 01:21 PM, Jens Axboe wrote:
> > On 10/13/2017 01:08 PM, Jens Axboe wrote:
> >> On 10/13/2017 12:05 PM, Ming Lei wrote:
> >>> Hi Jens,
> >>>
> >>> In Red Hat internal storage test wrt. blk-mq scheduler, we found that I/O
> >>> performance is much bad with mq-deadline, especially about sequential I/O
> >>> on some multi-queue SCSI devcies(lpfc, qla2xxx, SRP...)
> >>>
> >>> Turns out one big issue causes the performance regression: requests are
> >>> still dequeued from sw queue/scheduler queue even when ldd's queue is
> >>> busy, so I/O merge becomes quite difficult to make, then sequential IO
> >>> performance degrades a lot.
> >>>
> >>> This issue becomes one of mains reasons for reverting default SCSI_MQ
> >>> in V4.13.
> >>>
> >>> This 8 patches improve this situation, and brings back performance loss.
> >>>
> >>> With this change, SCSI-MQ sequential I/O performance is improved much, Paolo
> >>> reported that mq-deadline performance improved much[2] in his dbench test
> >>> wrt V2. Also performance improvement on lpfc/qla2xx was observed with V1.[1]
> >>>
> >>> [1] http://marc.info/?l=linux-block&m=150151989915776&w=2
> >>> [2] https://marc.info/?l=linux-block&m=150217980602843&w=2
> >>
> >> I wanted to run some sanity testing on this series before committing it,
> >> and unfortunately it doesn't even boot for me. Just hangs after loading
> >> the kernel. Maybe an error slipped in for v8/9?
> >
> > Or it might be something with kyber, my laptop defaults to that. Test
> > box seems to boot (which is SCSI), and nvme loads fine by default,
> > but not with kyber.
> >
> > I don't have time to look into this more today, but the above might
> > help you figure out what is going on.
>
> Verified that the laptop boots just fine if I remove the kyber udev
> rule.

I can reproduce this issue with kyber switched to, and will figure out
it soon.

--
Ming

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