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SubjectRe: [PATCH] nvme: determine the number of IO queues
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On 4/18/19 3:21 PM, Aaron Ma wrote:
> On 4/18/19 1:33 AM, Maxim Levitsky wrote:
>> On Wed, 2019-04-17 at 20:32 +0300, Maxim Levitsky wrote:
>>> On Wed, 2019-04-17 at 22:12 +0800, Aaron Ma wrote:
>>>> Some controllers support limited IO queues, when over set
>>>> the number, it will return invalid field error.
>>>> Then NVME will be removed by driver.
>>>>
>>>> Find the max number of IO queues that controller supports.
>>>> When it still got invalid result, set 1 IO queue at least to
>>>> bring NVME online.
>>> To be honest a spec compliant device should not need this.
>>> The spec states:
>>>
>>> "Number of I/O Completion Queues Requested (NCQR): Indicates the number of I/O
>>> Completion
>>> Queues requested by software. This number does not include the Admin
>>> Completion
>>> Queue. A
>>> minimum of one queue shall be requested, reflecting that the minimum support
>>> is
>>> for one I/O
>>> Completion Queue. This is a 0’s based value. The maximum value that may be
>>> specified is 65,534
>>> (i.e., 65,535 I/O Completion Queues). If the value specified is 65,535, the
>>> controller should return
>>> an error of Invalid Field in Command."
>>>
>>>
>>> This implies that you can ask for any value and the controller must not
>>> respond
>>> with an error, but rather indicate how many queues it supports.
>>>
>>> Maybe its better to add a quirk for the broken device, which needs this?
>
> Adding quirk only makes the code more complicated.
> This patch doesn't change the default behavior.
> Only handle the NVME error code.
>
> Yes the IO queues number is 0's based, but driver would return error and
> remove the nvme device as dead.

IMHO, if a controller indicates an error with this set_feature command, then
we need to figure out why the controller was returning the error to host.

If you really want to use at least a single queue to see an alive I/O queue,
controller should not return the error because as you mentioned above,
NCQA, NSQA will be returned as 0-based. If an error is there, that could
mean that controller may not able to provide even a single queue for I/O.

Thanks,
Minwoo Im

>
> So set it as 1 at least the NVME can be probed properly.
>
> Regards,
> Aaron
>
>> I forgot to add the relevant paragraph:
>>
>> "Note: The value allocated may be smaller or larger than the number of queues
>> requested, often in virtualized
>> implementations. The controller may not have as many queues to allocate as are
>> requested. Alternatively,
>> the controller may have an allocation unit of queues (e.g. power of two) and may
>> supply more queues to
>> host software to satisfy its allocation unit."
>>
>>
>> Best regards,
>> Maxim Levitsky
>>
>
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