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[dm-devel] Re: [PATCH 1/1] dm-ioband: I/O bandwidth controller



Hi Vivek,

> Anyway, how are you taking care of priorities with-in same class. How will
> you make sure that a BE prio 0 request is not hidden behind BE prio 7
> request? Same is true for prio with-in RT class.

I changed io_limit parameter of dm-ioband and ran your test script
again. io_limit is a parameter which determines how many IO requests
can be hold in dm-ioband. Its default value is equal to nr_requests of
the underlying device. I increased the value from 128 to 256 on this
test, because the writer requests IOs more than nr_requests.
The following result shows that dm-ioband does not break the notion of
CFQ priority. I think that the impact of dm-ioband's internal queue on
CFQ is insignificant, because the queue is not too long. The notion of
CFQ priority is preserved within each bandwidth group.

Setting
-------
ioband1: 0 112455000 ioband 8:18 share1 4 256 user weight 512 :40
                                          ^^^ io_limit

Script
------
#!/bin/bash
rm /mnt1/aggressivewriter
sync
echo 3 >  /proc/sys/vm/drop_caches
# launch an hostile writer
ionice -c2 -n7 dd if=/dev/zero of=/mnt1/aggressivewriter bs=4K \
        count=524288 conv=fdatasync &
# Reader
ionice -c2 -n0 dd if=/mnt1/testzerofile1 of=/dev/null &
wait $!
echo "reader finished"

Without dm-ioband
-----------------
First run
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 34.8201 seconds, 61.7 MB/s (Reader)
reader finished
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 68.9099 seconds, 31.2 MB/s (Writer)

Second Run
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 34.8201 seconds, 61.7 MB/s (Reader)
reader finished
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 68.9099 seconds, 31.2 MB/s (Writer)

With dm-ioband
--------------
First run
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 35.852 seconds, 59.9 MB/s  (Reader)
reader finished
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 73.3991 seconds, 29.3 MB/s (Writer)

Second Run
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 36.0273 seconds, 59.6 MB/s (Reader)
reader finished
2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB) copied, 72.8979 seconds, 29.5 MB/s (Writer)

For reference, the previous test results.
http://linux.derkeiler.com/Mailing-Lists/Kernel/2009-04/msg08345.html

Thanks,
Ryo Tsuruta


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