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SubjectRe: [PATCH RFC v1 0/2] vhost: ring format independence
On Sat, Oct 12, 2019 at 04:15:42PM +0800, Jason Wang wrote:
>
> On 2019/10/11 下午9:45, Michael S. Tsirkin wrote:
> > So the idea is as follows: we convert descriptors to an
> > independent format first, and process that converting to
> > iov later.
> >
> > The point is that we have a tight loop that fetches
> > descriptors, which is good for cache utilization.
> > This will also allow all kind of batching tricks -
> > e.g. it seems possible to keep SMAP disabled while
> > we are fetching multiple descriptors.
>
>
> I wonder this may help for performance:

Could you try it out and report please?
Would be very much appreciated.

> - another indirection layer, increased footprint

Seems to be offset off by improved batching.
For sure will be even better if we can move stac/clac out,
or replace some get/put user with bigger copy to/from.

> - won't help or even degrade when there's no batch

I couldn't measure a difference. I'm guessing

> - an extra overhead in the case of in order where we should already had
> tight loop

it's not so tight with translation in there.
this exactly makes the loop tight.

> - need carefully deal with indirect and chain or make it only work for
> packet sit just in a single descriptor
>
> Thanks

I don't understand this last comment.

>
> >
> > And perhaps more importantly, this is a very good fit for the packed
> > ring layout, where we get and put descriptors in order.
> >
> > This patchset seems to already perform exactly the same as the original
> > code already based on a microbenchmark. More testing would be very much
> > appreciated.
> >
> > Biggest TODO before this first step is ready to go in is to
> > batch indirect descriptors as well.
> >
> > Integrating into vhost-net is basically
> > s/vhost_get_vq_desc/vhost_get_vq_desc_batch/ -
> > or add a module parameter like I did in the test module.
> >
> >
> >
> > Michael S. Tsirkin (2):
> > vhost: option to fetch descriptors through an independent struct
> > vhost: batching fetches
> >
> > drivers/vhost/test.c | 19 ++-
> > drivers/vhost/vhost.c | 333 +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++-
> > drivers/vhost/vhost.h | 20 ++-
> > 3 files changed, 365 insertions(+), 7 deletions(-)
> >

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