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Re: [dm-devel] Re: [RFC PATCH 1/8] rqbased-dm: allow blk_get_request() to be called from interrupt context



Jens Axboe wrote:
> On Wed, Dec 20 2006, Kiyoshi Ueda wrote:
>> Hi Jens,
>>
>> On Wed, 20 Dec 2006 19:49:17 +0100, Jens Axboe <jens axboe oracle com> wrote:
>>>>> Big NACK on this - it's not only really ugly, it's also buggy to pass
>>>>> interrupt flags as function arguments. As you also mention in the 0/1
>>>>> mail, this also breaks CFQ.
>>>>>
>>>>> Why do you need in-interrupt request allocation?
>>>>  
>>>> Because I'd like to use blk_get_request() in q->request_fn()
>>>> which can be called from interrupt context like below:
>>>>   scsi_io_completion -> scsi_end_request -> scsi_next_command
>>>>   -> scsi_run_queue -> blk_run_queue -> q->request_fn
>>>>
>>>> Generally, device-mapper (dm) clones an original I/O and dispatches
>>>> the clones to underlying destination devices.
>>>> In the request-based dm patch, the clone creation and the dispatch
>>>> are done in q->request_fn().  To create the clone, blk_get_request()
>>>> is used to get a request from underlying destination device's queue.
>>>> By doing that in q->request_fn(), dm can deal with struct request
>>>> after bios are merged by __make_request().
>>>>
>>>> Do you think creating another function like blk_get_request_nowait()
>>>> is acceptable?
>>>> Or request should not be allocated in q->request_fn() anyway?
>>> You should not be allocating requests from that path, for a number of
>>> reasons.
>> Could I hear the reasons for my further work if possible?
>> Because of breaking current CFQ?  And is there any reason?
> 
> Mainly I just don't like the design, there are better ways to achieve
> what you need. The block layer has certain assumptions on the context
> from which rq allocation happens, and this breaks it. As I also
> mentioned, you cannot pass flags around as arguments. So the patch is
> even broken as-is.
> 


I was thinking that since this was going to be hooked into dm which has
the make_request hook in code, could we just allocate the cloned request
when from dm's make_request callout. The dm queue would call
__make_request, and if it detected that the bio started a new request it
would just allocate a second request which would be used as a clone or
maybe the block layer could allocate the clone request for us. On the
request_fn callout side, DM could then setup the cloned rq based on the
original fields and pass it down to the dm-multipath request_fn. The
dm-mutlipath request_fn then just decides which path to use based on the
path-selector modules and then we send it off.


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