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SubjectLarge latency on blk_queue_enter
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Hi,

I find an unusual added latency(~20-30ms) on blk_queue_enter when
allocating a request directly from the NVMe driver through
nvme_alloc_request. I could use some help confirming that this is a bug
and not an expected side effect due to something else.

I can reproduce this latency consistently on LightNVM when mixing I/O
from pblk and I/O sent through an ioctl using liblightnvm, but I don't
see anything on the LightNVM side that could impact the request
allocation.

When I have a 100% read workload sent from pblk, the max. latency is
constant throughout several runs at ~80us (which is normal for the media
we are using at bs=4k, qd=1). All pblk I/Os reach the nvme_nvm_submit_io
function on lightnvm.c., which uses nvme_alloc_request. When we send a
command from user space through an ioctl, then the max latency goes up
to ~20-30ms. This happens independently from the actual command
(IN/OUT). I tracked down the added latency down to the call
percpu_ref_tryget_live in blk_queue_enter. Seems that the queue
reference counter is not released as it should through blk_queue_exit in
blk_mq_alloc_request. For reference, all ioctl I/Os reach the
nvme_nvm_submit_user_cmd on lightnvm.c

Do you have any idea about why this might happen? I can dig more into
it, but first I wanted to make sure that I am not missing any obvious
assumption, which would explain the reference counter to be held for a
longer time.

Thanks!
Javier

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